It’s April, which means it’s time to get the party – I mean garden – started!
First thing’s first. A healthy garden requires healthy soil, and when’s the last time you checked your soil? Especially if you’re starting a fresh garden on a new plot, testing the soil is very important. Making sure your soil has a good PH balance, isn’t too sandy or heavy in clay, and can support a healthy garden is going to make all the difference in yield and health of your plants.
Here are simple ways to ensure your garden soil is healthy:
1.Test your soil
Here at Stockslagers, we have soil testing kits that can tell you if your soil needs more potash, phosphorus, nitrogen, and whether it has a healthy overall PH level. This can tell you everything you need to know about your next steps forward.
Ask us about our Soil Test Kits! We can also test your soil for you in our highly affordable soil test packages. Just ask one of our knowledgeable staff members for more information.
2. Fill in what the soil is missing with organic matter.
If your soil is missing any key micronutrient, it’s easy to supplement the soil with organic matter. Come on into Stockslagers to pick up soil enhancements, fertilizer, garden nutrients, and compost. Whether your soil needs more nitrogen, potash, or acidity, we can help you find what you need.
It doesn’t take long for table scraps to turn into garden gold! Get yourself a kitchen compost pot and an outdoor compost bin, and you’ll end up with healthy, nutrient-dense soil.
Composting is also wonderful for the environment. Tons of organic matter ends up in landfills every year, which release CO2. It’s so much better to let your organic table waste provide you with rich, fertile soil.
4. If all else fails, plant in pots!
The nice thing about planting in pots is that you can control what goes into the soil. Come explore our decorative pots that are perfect for a porch or patio.
And what else can we do this April?
Springtime is such a busy time in the garden. How can we make sure our season is as productive as possible? How do we end up with a rich, colorful garden to last all summer long?
Here’s your April to-do list:
- Clean up the garden and prep for the season ahead: remove last year’s dead plants, rake mulch, and dress beds with compost.
- Put up your trellises for any and all climbing plants.
- Once the weather settles, plant transplants of pansies, forget-me-nots, foxglove, and other cool-weather flowers.
- Plant summer flowering bulbs so you get that robust burst of color in June, July, and August.
- Start your warm-weather crops indoor from seed.
What to plant in April in Ohio:
- Spinach (and other leafy greens)
Don’t forget your tools! Here is a list of the basic tools you need to get your season started.
- Digging Fork
- Digging Spade
- Garden Hoes
- Garden Rake
- Water hose
- Knee pad
Check through your tool inventory to make sure everything’s in tip-top shape. If you need new tools, stop by Stockslagers, where our knowledgeable staff can help you with anything you need.
And don’t forget, our 59th Annual April Spring Sale is from April 21 – 29, all week long! Stop by to save on hanging baskets, geraniums, seeds, and much more. Come ask our staff about how you can improve your soil. After all – happy soil, happy garden.