The Joy of Spring Gardening
It seems the wonderful spring weather is finally here! And that means we get to spend some much-anticipated time in our gardens. After a long & cold winter, there’s nothing quite like the sight of the first blooming flowers, is there?! As the vibrant petals of daffodils, tulips, and ranunculus make their first appearances, a shift takes place, and we are suddenly reenergized by the lively colours and smells of spring.
Spring is a season for growth. And a lot of growing is definitely happening at our new home. We moved over the winter, and the previous homeowner was quite an avid gardener. So, as the season progresses, every bloom is a surprise. A gift unfolding before our eyes. And we have been having so much fun exploring the gardens to see what will pop up next.
A huge assortment of perennials have been smattered throughout the property. Shady trees provide a home for hostas and ferns below, along the side of the house is a garden bed filled with an army of Lily of the Valley, which is going to be so pretty when it’s in full bloom, and in the back of the yard is a mature asparagus patch! Not to mention the six (that’s correct SIX) other flower beds! An incredible amount of tulips, daffodils, irises, peony bushes, and lilies have taken home amongst them.
It is very evident that years of love and care went into the gardens. We have an assortment of early, mid, and late booming perennials, so the yard will always have plenty of colour! I am absolutely loving every moment I get to spend outside.
Preparing the yard has been a hugely satisfying undertaking. Because we took possession of the house in late autumn, much of the fall cleanup was overlooked. So we have been BUSY! And there is still so much to do. To ready the gardens for spring we have raked countless tarps of leaves from the flower beds and pruned much of the old growth to make room for new life. As I’ve said before, I am fairly new to this gardening lifestyle, so much of the preparation has been guesswork, common sense and google of course! We are so excited to enjoy the seasons of our lives surrounded by all this beauty. We have found such contentment in nurturing the outdoor space. It’s hard to imagine what we’d do with our time if not tending to the chores outside actually. Needless to say, every sunny day has been spent in the yard working away at the gardens and cleaning up broken branches and fallen leaves from the winter passed.
- Remove dead leaves and debris.
- Cut back dead/overgrown plants with pruning shears. This will help to encourage new growth.
- Turn soil using a shovel and break apart any clumps to improve soil quality.
- Remove weeds. (This is much easier to do when the soil is moist and plants are still small)
- Add compost or organic matter into soil. We have a compost bin that we use. Alternatively, you could purchase soil with organic matter in it.
- Add fresh mulch.