Spring, beautiful spring! The calendar tells us it’s spring. So let’s forget about what the weather is saying. Instead, let’s think about gardening. Vegetables or flowers, perennials or annuals, novice or expert gardener… here are some great tips for getting a head start to a great season.

1. Start with a plan

Every garden needs a plan. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, it’s never too late or early to plan. If you don’t have a plan, you can waste both time and money. Begin by sketching out your garden area or using some of the software resources from places like Sheridan Nurseries. Another great resource is your local library for books about vegetables, fruits and native plants.

2. Join a group

There are countless gardening groups and communities both online and in person. Facebook, Meetups, Community Centres and Garden Centres all have groups you can join. If you really want to get your gardening groove on, why not join a local Community Garden? Every year plots go unattended because there are not enough gardeners. It’s a terrific way to meet like-minded growers of all talent levels. The sharing of knowledge, plants and harvests are a great way to get connected to the earth and make new friends.

3. The tools for the job

New tools can make gardening so much fun. Even though a lot of tools may not work exactly as advertised, when you find a good one, it’s like gold. Start your season off by inspecting your tools to make sure they’re in good shape. Replace or repair anything that needs attention. You can always “try before you buy” by checking out what’s available at the KW Library of Things.

4. The good earth

Good soil is key to making your garden grow. Do you miss raking? If you followed the advice to leave your leaves in the fall, now it’s time to clean them up. Clear away that debris and nourish your soil with some compost. If your soil is looking depleted, top it up with some fresh triple mix, which consists of a mixture of topsoil, peat, and compost. It’s gardening gold. Now you’re ready to plant your plan.

5. Divide and trade your treasures

Swapping is a great way to add variety into your garden. If you have perennials, it’s a good idea to split them up from time to time. Share them with a friend or family or trade them for treasures from their gardens. Not only does it decrease the cost of gardening, it also usually brings healthy hearty plants into your garden. As an added bonus, you’ll think of your friend or family member every time you see the plant. The spring is also a great time to be on the look out for seedling and plant swaps.

Gardening can add so much to the curb appeal of your house. If you’re thinking of selling your house and want more ideas about how to maximize your curb appeal, give me a call!

Jasmyn Vickery has been helping clients navigate the fast changing real estate market for the last 11 years. She has a genuine affection for her clients, a love for her community, and a passion for real estate. From finding the ideal home, to selling the one you have, from investing in the real estate market, to simply answering your questions – Jasmyn will be there to help you every step of the way. Her warmth and caring approach puts her clients at ease. Her experience helps them get the results they need. Click Here to connect with Jasmyn.