Spring is officially here, and even though there’s still snow on the ground in parts of Central Oregon, there are plenty of things you can do to get your yard and garden spring ready! These are activities that the whole family can take part in, and with the closure of schools, it will keep the kids busy, while possibly learning some new things about plants!

 

Get seeds going- This part is not only fun, but great for learning purposes. If you have some seeds from previous years, pull them out. If you have to go to the store to get some, be safe, and wear a face mask and gloves if possible to prevent illness. Once you have the seeds, all you need is paper towels or small cups and water. If using paper towels, get soaking wet with warm water, lift a layer and place seeds inside, or cover seeds with soaking wet paper towel top. They need to stay covered, wet and in a warm place, and within a few days, the seeds will sprout. If using a cup and water, fill about 1/3 way full and place seeds in water, keep in warm place, and just like the paper towel method, within a few days, the seeds should sprout. The key to getting the seeds to sprout is keeping thoroughly wet and warm.

Time to Pot- Once the seeds are sprouted, it’s time to plant them in soil. You will need: nutrient rich soil, small pots or plastic cups that have small drainage holes in bottoms, water and light. To get started, fill the pot 2/3 of the way with soil, stick your finger in to create small crater, and gently place sprouted seed SPROUT DOWN into soil, and gently cover with soil. Water them in well. Depending on the size of the plant, you can plant a couple seeds per cup, or just one seed per cup to allow for growth. Place them in a window sill or under a small grow light and keep well hydrated and warm. A fun activity the kids can do is take a picture each day of the growth and create a flip book once full size. Once the plants are too big for the small pot, you can transplant to a bigger pot, just be careful with the roots when doing so.

Get outside- While you have the seeds and plants going inside, get outside and evaluate your garden or grow area. Start by pulling out old plants from previous years that will not come back, and if there are perennial plants, plan what’s going to grow around those. After clearing out old plants, pull any weeds, leaves, and adjust any rocks that may have shifted, and start tilling dirt, even if you are planning on adding any fertilized soil or new dirt to it. Rake your yard of any leftover pine needles or leaves from last fall- this will make it so much easier once you are really to start planting or adding potted plant outside! It’s fun to use a notebook and draw up your yard and porch, and what you want it to look like for the upcoming season, just be sure to remember how much light each area gets throughout the day, and plan accordingly. Having a notebook to keep notes of everything plant and yard related will tremendously not only for this upcoming grow season, but years to come, seeing what plants worked and what ones didn’t.

Change it up- We often times get stuck planting the same stuff year after year, but get online, check out local grow forums and try some new things things year. Most of us have plenty of free time right now, so this its a fun activity that can keep our minds busy, and will pay off come time to get planting! If you are not sure where to get some plants, and have not seen them at your local farm stores, ask online. There is many pages on facebook for growers that love to share information they have gathered over the years about soil, light, plants, animals and bugs that may intrude, and so much more.

Evaluate yard- There may be some spots of grass that just didn’t grow very well last year, or patches of bushes that are dead, so write them all down in your notebook and see if they are issues you can fix on your own, or if you need extra help from a local landscaper. Head to your local farm or garden store and ask what products are best for each issue you have.

Take pics and tag us on social media, we would love to see those beautiful yards and gardens.
Happy gardening!
The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty

 

 

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