Now that the weather is (finally) permitting, it’s time for many of us to start that crucial prep work for the blooming season to come. Whether you’re looking to produce a full-scale, traditional English garden or just add a bit of color to your 11th floor balcony, the basic principles remain the same, and hopefully the end result is as well: a bit of beauty around the house, that helps everyone to enjoy the spring and summer that much more.
Once it’s been established what,where and how much you have to work with–both in terms of square footage and budget–the next order of business is to make certain that your soil is properly prepared as a seed-friendly environment. If your aspirations for the time being simply involve a few flowerbeds on the patio, then you have the advantage of control over the soil your seeds and plants will go into. If you’re looking to beautify your new starter home, it’s best to make certain that you have at least a few inches of quality, weed-free topsoil that retains moisture, but also drains relatively well. Fertile soil has a crumbly texture when handled, and it’s always advisable to work in some compost, manure or other organic matter at the outset, for some added nutrients. Lawn clippings are an excellent, budget-conscious source of the basic nutrients for plants.
To further improve your soil and to give your plants a healthy head start (if you find your “Spring” planting is taking place in June) consider a soil conditioner such as GlobalCare™ Plant Power. Composed of naturally-occurring enzymes, these provide a simplified, eco-friendly way to break down the nutrients in soil and compost, eliminating the need for chemical fertilizer, helping to oxygenate the soil and even improve water retention.
When it comes to watering, contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary to water every day, and in fact too much water can interfere with the germination process. Less frequent, but more thorough watering seems to work best. Aim for about one inch of “rain” per week, allowing time for the soil to dry between sessions, so that nutrients do not become diluted.
With just these few bits of preparation, you’re completely set to let nature take its course, sit back, and wait for the big bloom!