How to Maintain a Spring Garden

By  June 03, 2014

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Springtime is here and we have just recently started our own above-ground garden. Our backyard, filled with sandy soil, never gave us any luck when it came to growing our own vegetables. This year we decided to give it one last try, and do it right. I sure was glad that we did.

Springtime always makes me want my own deliciously grown foods from my yard. Unfortunately, that never was a reality. Most attempts were filled with half-grown plants that withered away within weeks.

I never could quite figure out what I was doing wrong. Was I watering them enough? Was I watering them too much? Were they getting enough sunlight? Were they getting too much sunlight? I never really knew what the problem was until I realized, it was my soil. The soil was naturally sandy. It was easy to oversaturate with water, but hard to stay wet. It made no sense, and at the same time, it made perfect sense as to why my garden wasn’t working at all.

This year we bought some above-ground garden kits made of cedar. They were easy to assemble and I decided this time would be the last time I attempted gardening. Maybe I just didn’t have a green thumb, after all.

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I bought everything I needed. Some plants had already sprouted, and some I planted as seeds. Day after day, I walked outside expecting to see my plants slumped over turning yellow, and to my surprise, each day they grew bigger and heartier. This is exactly what I needed. Now I have a garden filled with delicious vegetables.

I have hot peppers and regular peppers, broccoli and kale, all sorts of herbs, beans, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, and more.

Spring is the perfect time to start a garden. In fact, spring has always been the perfect time, I just didn’t have the right setup. Now that I do I find few things as rewarding as walking into my backyard and watching my garden grow. The first harvest from a plant you grew from seed taste the most delicious.

I urge you to start a small backyard garden of your own if you have the space. It is a lot of fun, and great for your children to learn about gardening. My daughter often waters the plants and has a few plants that she calls her own that she pays extra special attention to.  It’s fun for the entire family, and the rewards are tangible.

Enjoy your spring garden!