Spring is here and that means planting season for Minnesota gardeners. Whether you participate in a community garden, plant a few containers, or have a large backyard plot, the health and success of your garden will depend largely on one thing: the health of your soil.
Luckily, it’s relatively easy to improve your soil and boost your garden output. We’ll share a few tips from Gardenista below. For everything you need to make your garden grow this spring, check out our affordable lawn and garden equipment rentals.
Test Soil and Add What’s Missing
The soil in established gardens usually contains all the needed nutrients for optimal growing, simply because it has spent several seasons being naturally fertilized by plants and organisms. New gardens, however, often need some help obtaining those key nutrients. Get your soil tested (we recommend the University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory) to see what it needs, and add fertilizer appropriately.
Focus on Nitrogen
This is one exception to the above rule. Most gardens lack sufficient nitrogen, even those that have been growing for years. Nitrogen is especially important because it feeds both plants and the organisms that keep soil healthy. Before planting in the spring, tally up the nitrogen you’ve added and add more if necessary. Organic fertilizers, manures or grass clippings generally supply sufficient nitrogen, but compost alone does not.
Pull Weeds Early and Often
Weeds steal vital nutrients from plants, hindering growth and output. Pull them early in the spring before they get out of control and impact the overall health of your garden.
Let Soil Dry Out
We all want to get into the dirt in the winter, but overwatering and overworking it may actually do more harm than good. Give soil room to breathe and watch your garden grow.
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