Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to start preparing your soil in the veggie patch for a successful growing season.
Here are my top tips for getting your garden bed ready and maximising your harvest.
How to ensure your soil is in prime condition for planting:
Start by clearing your garden bed of any leftover winter vegetables and unwanted weeds. Removing weeds eliminates competition for moisture and nutrients, reduces the risk of pests and diseases, and creates a clean space for your new plants. I recommend hand-pulling small weeds and using a safe and effective weed control product like Richgro Beat-A-Weed to tackle larger areas.
Once your garden bed is weed-free, it’s time to prepare the soil. Add organic matter, such as Richgro Black Marvel Garden Compost, to your soil or raised garden bed. Mix it through, ensuring the compost is worked deep into the soil where you’ll be planting your seedlings.
Also add some Richgro Blood and Bone into the soil to provide a nutrient-rich foundation for your plants. It is an organic based granular fertiliser made from rich organic blood and bone. With organic phosphorus to stimulate root growth, it boosts overall plant health and yield, whilst improving soil. It has natural potash booster and fast-acting nitrogen from blood meal to stimulate growth rate, give extra flavour, and “green-up” foliage.
Choosing What to Grow:
Spring is an ideal time to start growing a variety of herbs and veggies. Some favourite choices are basil, chives, coriander, lettuce, peas, and radishes. Consider the growth times and watering needs of each plant and plan your layout accordingly. Place taller plants at the back of your garden bed to avoid shading smaller ones.
Lay out your seedlings on the soil to visualise your plant arrangement. When ready, gently remove the seedlings from their containers, ensuring the roots are spread out.
Dig holes slightly deeper than the root depth and place each seedling carefully. Fill the holes with soil and press down gently around the base of each plant to secure them in place.
Mulching is essential to suppress weed growth and insulate the soil. Spread a layer of mulch over your garden bed to provide added nutrients and retain moisture.
It’s important to leave a gap around the base of each plant to prevent rot. By mulching, you’re giving your plants the best possible start and reducing water evaporation from the soil.
Over time, soil can become hydrophobic, causing water to run off instead of penetrating to the plant roots. To combat this issue, use Richgro Ezi Wet Soil Soaker to improve water penetration and ensure your plants receive adequate hydration. Adjust your watering schedule to accommodate the increasing temperatures of spring, checking your plants every second or third day to prevent drying out.
By following these simple tips, you’ll have a well-prepared soil bed that sets the stage for a thriving veggie patch in the coming spring season.
Happy gardening and enjoy the bountiful harvest!