Prepare your garden for sowing and planting

Preparing your vegetable garden for sowing and planting is a job for early spring. From the moment on the frost has disappeared from the ground, most gardeners cannot withhold their enthusiasm. Wait just a little bit longer for early spring sunshine, and then... get to work!

How to prepare garden soil?

Before you start gardening, prepare a piece of land for use first. Depending on the available soil, it could be a piece of your lawn that you sacrifice, a 'square meter garden' or a piece of land on a vegetable garden complex.

A piece of lawn or grassland is a great place for a vegetable garden. The grass holds the nutrients in the soil well. You can remove the grass by digging or by removing the sods.

A small garden or a 'square meter garden' is a good solution for a small backyard or balcony. The advantage of this is that you do not have to dig (much)! You can fill the container with organic potting mix.

preparing garden soil

In an environmentally friendly garden, the soil is left alone as much as possible. This allows the soil life to develop well. With an active soil life more air and nutrients come into the ground. And that's good for your harvest.

Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plants and a healthy environment.

But, if you start with a new vegetable garden, you plow the garden for the first couple of years. Mark the walkways and harden them with, for example, wood chips. Do not try to walk too much on the ground where you will start sowing.

Fertilize: how does that work?

You fertilize the soil of your garden to improve the structure and to add nutrients. At the beginning of the sowing season, you can add a Start Fertilizer that gives your plants a head start for the rest of the season.

Dry or liquid fertilizer can add nutrients to the soil that might not get there any other way.

Organic garden fertilizers work a little slower than their synthetic counterparts, but they release their nutrients over a longer time frame.

Let the ground rest

After preparing your garden, just let it rest until it is time to sow and plant. In the meanwhile you can, for example, make a layout for your vegetable garden. Put out the beds with sticks and rope, sprinkle wood chips over the paths and make a place for your compost heap. 

Let spring come!