Spring is upon us and it is time to start thinking about what we need to do before we can plant our gardens. Be it flowers or vegetables or both. Whether you are a beginner or a long time gardener, we are always learning, especially here in the Calgary area. Putting down on paper a plan now will benefit the gardener in the coming months of growing for our visual pleasure later.
To start, make a list of items you require and bring the list when going shopping (save yourself wasted trips to the store because you forgot to buy “soil or seeds”). You may have to make a couple of trips to the store because it is a little early to purchase your annuals along with your soil or seeds. With a list you will have crossed off the “early” buys and still know what needs to be purchased on your next shopping trip – this will also save you money as you will not duplicate items already purchased. Your list could include your potting soil/topsoil, flower seed, perennial plants and vegetable seeds. Getting to the Garden Centers early in the season will also give you a better selection of products before they are “picked” over.
Garden soil/topsoil can be ordered early and delivered anytime in the spring, especially now with soil in convenient reusable/recyclable bags!! The soil is there when you decide to use it with no pile of dirt and no mess. One day you can add a top dressing of soil on your grass and another day fill your flower pots. There is no “pressure” to get the soil “used” in one day. The gardener can use it at his/her own time. This can also benefit the gardener as it helps with less stress on the gardeners muscles as the work is spread out over days and time. Adding new soil each year will add the nutrients and organic material needed for healthy flowers for the growing season. Put your last years soil into your existing flower beds or vegetable garden, building up those areas.