Preparing Your Springtime Garden.Posted 01/23/2020
Spring in the East Valley is something special, with warm weather, budding wildflowers, alfresco dining and long evening walks. We are especially excited for the season to arrive, as we will be welcoming Canopy, our newest Chandler community featuring a blooming mix of springtime amenities, including vine-covered canopies, whimsical flowers, raised garden beds to grow your own herbs and veggies, and spacious outdoor kitchens.
Ready to live that Canopy lifestyle? We are too. Whether it’s a small herb garden in a planter or a raised garden bed you crafted yourself, here are some tips on how you can plant and grow a flourishing springtime garden in your own backyard.
Spring and fall are the best times to plant a majority of vegetables, due to our local area’s unique planting cycle. Conveniently, the first week of February is an excellent time to start your springtime garden. Greens, herbs, peas and carrots are just a few of the common vegetables you can plant this time of year. But, if you’re unsure of what will be best for your unique garden, head to one of the local nurseries like Whitfill Nursery and Moon Valley Nurseries to see what’s in season and what they recommend for your garden type. Since you’re starting your springtime garden in the winter, be aware of upcoming frost warnings and cover your fragile plants with freeze cloth before the cold fronts arrive to keep them happy and healthy.
Location & Soil
The location of your garden is a big part of the equation. Positioning it in the shade will deprive your fruits and veggies of much-needed sunlight and prevent them from flourishing. Likewise, too much sun can be damaging, so it’s best to place your garden in a sunny spot and set up a shade structure to have the best of both worlds. Another big part of gardening success is using soil rich in compost, which will help provide a steady supply of nutrients.
If available, install a drip irrigation system to water your plants. This way, you can ensure your garden is getting the right amount of water, even when you’re too busy to turn on the hose. Don’t forget, too much water can affect your crops and cause disease, so set up a schedule to keep your soil moist but not wet.
That’s it. You’re all set for beautiful, award-winning melons and squash. Not so fast. The preparation is a major part of gardening success, but the maintenance is what will get those veggies on the dinner table. Don’t forget to feed your garden with organic nutrients, compost and other additives to keep your vegetables strong and healthy. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for pests and treat them as soon as possible with an organic solution that is safe for you and your vegetables.
It’s official: you’re prepared to be a certified gardener now. Enjoy your time outdoors and we wish you a bountiful harvest!
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