Getting Ready for Your Spring Garden
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Spring is coming, and with it comes a whole new set of gardening tasks. Now is the time to get busy in the garden! Whether you’re a mom or a beginner gardener, there are certain things that need to be done in the springtime to make sure your garden is ready for the upcoming growing season. Let’s take a look at what needs to be done and why. 
Till the Garden if Needed 
If you haven’t done so already, now is a great time to till your garden beds if needed. Tilling helps break up any compaction in the soil caused by winter weather and encourages drainage, aeration, and nutrient absorption. This process will help ensure that all your plants get off to a good start. Just be sure not to over-till as this can damage plant roots and beneficial organisms such as earthworms. 
Source Mulch 
Another important step in prepping your garden for spring is sourcing mulch. Mulching helps keep down weeds and retain moisture around your plants while making your garden look neat and tidy at the same time. You can use anything from straw to shredded bark chips as mulch material—just make sure it's organic and free of any chemicals or other contaminants that could harm your plants. 
Check Soil Temperatures 
Before planting anything, it’s important to check soil temperatures with a thermometer or even a handheld infrared thermometer gun (which will give you an accurate reading within seconds). Some cold tolerant plants, like potatoes, carrots, and lettuce can be planted as soon as the soil reaches 50 degrees Fahrenheit but most vegetables won't start germinating until temperatures reach about 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Knowing when it's safe to start planting will help ensure success with your vegetables later on.  
Plan Where You're Going To Plant Everything 
Once you know what you want to plant and when it's safe to do so, take some time to plan where everything should go in the garden. Different types of plants have different needs—some thrive in full sun while others prefer partial shade—so make sure you do some research before deciding where each type should go in order to maximize their potential yields come harvest time! This also saves you time when you are trying to plant with kids helping. 
Clean Out Any Flower Beds But Wait Until The Bees Wake Up 
Finally, take some time to clean up any flower beds that may have been neglected over winter but wait until after bees wake up before doing so! Bees tend to hide under dead leaves during colder months for protection from predators like birds but they'll be coming out soon enough when temperatures rise above freezing (usually around mid-April). Once they're back out buzzing around flowers again, then it's safe for you to clean up without fear of disturbing them!  
Start Planting!
Once everything else is taken care of—the tilling is done, mulch is sourced, and soil temperatures have been checked—it’s finally time to start planting! Pay attention to seed package instructions and plant accordingly; some seeds may need light or darkness in order to germinate properly while others may need warmer or cooler conditions than expected. Keep an eye on them after they are planted so that you know when it's time for waterings or other maintenance tasks like weeding or pest control.
Getting ready for spring gardening doesn't have to be daunting task! Taking care of these basic tasks will help ensure that your garden is healthy throughout the entire growing season. Till if needed, source mulch, check soil temperatures, plan where to plant, clean out any flower beds but wait until the bees wake up, and get planting!. With these steps in mind, you'll be well on your way towards having a beautiful backyard oasis!    Happy Gardening!

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