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Set Up Your Spring Garden for Success

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Spring is the season of hope and growth. You begin dreaming of the beautiful blooms that are to come. You start to see those first signs of green after a long winter. During the first few weeks of spring, there are measures you can take to encourage a successful gardening season. March is the month of preparation and planning. 

This week, we are expecting at least 18 inches of snow to fall in Massachusetts. It's hard to have patience when the ground is completely covered and you can't see all of your pretty spring bulbs. I'm focusing on the fact that this will all change very shortly. In the meantime, there are seeds to be planted, tools to be cleaned and visions to be mapped out. This is a great time to shop, beat the rush and start gathering your supplies. It's never fun to be looking for what you need when everything is picked over.

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Start Seeds Indoors: If you are planning to grow tomatoes, peppers or eggplants from seed, this is the time to get them planted! Place your seeds under a grow light and watch them begin to sprout. When It comes to flowers, I like to start snapdragons, impatiens and salvia. If you are looking to start your herb garden, sage and parsley are my favorites seeds to start in March. 

Other Flowers You Can Sow: aster, calendula, cleome, coleus, coreopsis, geranium, pansy, petunia, sweet william, viola

Other Vegetables You Can Sow: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, leeks, head lettuce, melon, onions, spinach, winter squash

Other Herbs You Can Sow: basil, lemon balm, oregano, rosemary, thyme

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Clean Gardening Tools: Gather up all of your favorite gardening tools and give them a good cleaning! It is also important to sharpen pruning tools before you start to put them back to use. Trust me, this will make your everyday gardening tasks so much easier!

Prune Shrubs & Trees: Now is the time to prune your fruit trees. It's best to do this on a dry day. Make sure to cut away any suckers, dead branches or diseased parts you can spot. Check on shrubs and do the same. Any damaged areas should be taken care of now. It is also important to get out there and prune any dead or diseased canes you see on your rose bushes. It's helpful to remember any everbearing fruit bushes should not be pruned now, but it is okay to prune raspberry bushes. 

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Clean Up Around Spring Bulbs: Once the snow finally clears, it's time to remove any debris covering your bulbs. Cut back last year's perennials and ornamental grasses. Sometimes critters will move my bulbs around and loosen them a bit. I always take my hand shovel and lightly replant them in the ground if this is the case.

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Plan Out Spring Containers: Spring containers are like a breath of fresh air after the dismal winter season. I like to sit down and plan out what I am going to plant. Hanging planter and window boxes are so much fun to design and put together! I love how they provide a pop of color and bring life back to your yard. Now is a good time to go to the store and look for some containers that are on sale before the rush. I also keep an eye out for shepherds hooks being sold for a good price. I try to get everything in place and thriving before Easter!

Perfect For Spring Containers: pansies, violas, kale, lobelia, bacopa 

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Amend & Prepare: Before your final frost date hits, it's the perfect time to plan out what you envision for future harvests. If you are going to plant different crops, make a list of the varieties you are looking to purchase. Map out where you want to plant them. If you plant the same crops year to year, this is the perfect time to rotate your crops. Some garden pests do overwinter in soil, and if you don't want any of the same problems, it's always best to change it up a bit. Once the soil thaws, you can start to amend your soil. Add nutrients like aged manure, worm castings or even bat guano. This step taken now will ensure healthy and happy crops all season!

Begin Planting Outdoors: Depending in your location and weather conditions, the end of March can be the perfect time to get planting! In my area, my final frost date is late April. If you live in an area like this, cold frames and covered garden beds are necessary. Crops that can be planted in a cold frame include beets, collard greens, carrots, kale, parsnips, Swiss chard and turnips. Again, it's always better to wait, so I always hold off until I'm sure these crops can thrive. 

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What are you most excited about this spring? Are you starting a new garden project this year, or maybe even attending a fun home & garden show? Tell me all about it in the comment section below. Don't forget to check back on March 28 for a new edition of Tuesdays In The Garden. We will be talking all about spring crops! See you then!

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Spring is the season of hope and growth. You begin dreaming of the beautiful blooms that are to come. You start to see those first signs of green after a long winter. During the first few weeks of spring, there are measures you can take to encourage a successful gardening season. March is the month of preparation and planning.


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  • Reply
    March 14, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Hi Angie,

    Hope you are faring well during the noreaster today. Here in SW PA we haven’t seend the snow yet so it looks like we are being spared. I’m hoping for some nicer weather soon so I can get out and start my spring clean up. Maybe I’ll go seed shopping instead. Looking forward to working with you and the group sharing gardening fun this season.

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    March 14, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I’m glad spring is finally here. We had a rough winter with lots of snow and ice. But I’m looking forward to planting soon. It’s still a little wet to plant in our garden but I finally got it covered so it should dry out soon.

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    Diane Williams
    March 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    You inspire me with your gorgeous photos. I just want to look at them and forget the cold muddy gray rainy muck outside my window. We have been working outside a little even in the rain. Dave is mulching, pruning and dormant oil spraying as he can in between rain showers. He even planted a few things last week end. Spring will get here. Thanks for the inspiration and tips. Thinking about March as planning month makes it much more positive for me.

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    March 14, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Your photos are so lovely, Angie! Is your garden under snow from the east coast blizzard? Crazy, but I guess it’s still technically late winter, right? 😉

    Looking forward to another season ‘gardening’ with you!

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    Robin McMahon
    March 14, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Wonderful advice! I really do need to do an inventory of planters, equipment, and so much more! I can’t wait for spring to get here! Thanks for everything! I’ll definitely be back to keep up to date!

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    March 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    This is such a beautiful and wonderfully thorough post, Angie. You’ve shared terrific information and your images are beautiful and inspiring, too. I know my wife can’t wait to start our container gardening.

    Thanks so much for sharing this with our readers at the #TurnItUpTuesday linky party. Please join us every week and tag me when you do so that I can share your posts with our followers; you’ve got great content! 🌿🙂

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    March 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Great post! As usual your photos are gorgeous! 🙂 I hope you and your garden are staying warm through this winter storm! Here in NC my garden thought spring had started already so I’ve already got flowers blooming. They were in for a nasty shock with the snow we got this weekend. I decided to try starting seeds for the first time this spring. I don’t have any fancy setup except some egg cartons and a big bright bay window, but I’ve got some greens germinating already, so that’s exciting 🙂

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    March 14, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    As we get pounded with snow in New England, your photos are a great reminder of the beauty that is soon to greet us. Mush appreciated. Your photos of the croci are stunning

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    Katie Kinsley
    March 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    There’s already been so much snow in the north these past couple of days! I’ve had a wonderful 60 some degrees for me. Just chilly in the morning.

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    March 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    As a Landscape Architect I can attest that this is a GREAT LIST!! Here in the South we had about 2 weeks of mid 70s and I got the Spring Fever to plant and grow things… but alas, the cold weather came back and killed the newly planted grass… But thankfully I had put all my seedlings into a kiddy swimming pool and brought them all inside before the freeze came back! Stay warm up north during this crazy weather!

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    March 14, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    What lovely photos! I’m jealous of your garden prowess, but the truth is, I’m probably a lot lazier when it comes to gardening than you are!

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    Ana De- Jesus
    March 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I’m so glad that it is brocolli and cabbage season as I am dying to get my hands on more seasonal veg. I like pansies too x

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    rusty duck
    March 14, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I gosh, I hope the snow wasn’t too bad.. it even made the BBC news. Keep warm!

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    March 14, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    What a cool series! The weather has been so crazy this year I can’t imagine how hard it has been on planting

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    Jesh StG
    March 14, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Hello Angie, it looks like you changed blog themes. Will miss you at Thurs. Doors! But I do love this new big and bold blog look! Wishing you lots of success with your gardening! I love blooms too – to paint them:)

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    Megan Ogden
    March 14, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    WOW! Beautiful garden! I want to start a garden and I think this a great guide for beginners! Thank you for sharing!

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    Ali Rost
    March 15, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Your post made me smile! I can’t wait for spring flowers. While I haven’t tried my hand at gardening .. this year we’re in a new house and I’ve inherited some beautiful beds. I don’t want to kill them .. so it’s going to force my hand. Wish me luck!

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    riitta k
    March 15, 2017 at 2:00 am

    Amazing photos Angie! And from you we can learn a lot – thank you. So happy you linked at my Floral Bliss! Happy week!

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    March 15, 2017 at 2:50 am

    I can’t wait for spring! I want to plan some lavender. thanks for the tips!

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    March 15, 2017 at 7:09 am

    I wish so much I could live in a house with a garden and not in a flat. When I was little I used to help my grandma in her garden with her flowers and I loved it. Very good advice for how to take care of the garden in spring.

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    Linda Kinsman
    March 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Great tips here for all of us anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring. Hope you are doing well and can dig out soon from all the snow old man winter has dumped on your region.

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    Joscelyn | Wife Mama Foodie
    March 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Ah, I can’t wait for spring to finally arrive! I’ve always wanted to start a garden so thanks for all of the great tips!

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    bettyl - NZ
    March 15, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Your flowers are lovely and you photograph them beautifully!

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    Southern & Style
    March 15, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    This is the first spring I’m going to try my hand at planting flowers and I’m so, so excited about it! Your post really helped me, I’m definitely bookmarking it for future use 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

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    March 16, 2017 at 6:43 am

    I wish I had a garden – have make do with my window box. But this year I’m determined to really make it beautiful and there’s some helpful tips here so thanks!

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    March 16, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I love spring because I can finally wear my floral patterns. Speaking of florals, your pictures are life ♥ !

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    March 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Great suggestions, Angie! It’s much too cold here right now to do any work outside, but I did start a few seeds indoors yesterday–that always helps my “itch” to get busy gardening.

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    Kris P
    March 16, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Gardening in the northeast is so different than it is in coastal southern California – I hope the blizzard doesn’t interfere with your spring garden preparations for long!

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    ~ linda
    March 16, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Oh…this is a feast for the eyes! The colors and the fragrances just popping through my screen…I wish! But at lest the colors! I love Spring and have lived places where Crocus and Daffodil and Peony were flooding my yard. Thank you for sharing this. I have never been here before but will be back. We may be moving over this next months to a place where I can actually garden again.

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    JM Illinois
    March 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Looking forward for Spring to come to Chicagoland area. However, we just had two days of snow on the ground. Guess that Spring will be put off for awhile. Enjoyed your blog very much. Hope to see your post next week.

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    Berniedette of PetiteAndToned.com
    March 17, 2017 at 2:05 am

    These are great tips, Angie! I never knew that some seeds should be started indoors! I don’t have a garden because I live in a condo, but I think I do some something small scale like herbs!

    Berniedette | http://www.petiteandtoned.com

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    March 17, 2017 at 3:16 am

    great images to follow a good post, unfortunately for me, the weather over there isnt the same as the weather over here in my country. but never the less i love the fact that i have been exposed to new stuffs on your blog. you write so well and am glad i came through..

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    Tamar Strauss-Benjamin
    March 17, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Yay for spring and new life growing! Except here were is keeps snowing!

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    Sincerely Miss J
    March 17, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I am so excited for Spring! And these flowers will make a great addition to my garden!
    Hope it stops snowing soon so I can start planting. 🙂

    Sincerely Miss J

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    Lecy | A Simpler Grace
    March 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Sounds like you are an avid gardener! I want to get out in the dirt so badly, but we still have six inches of snow on the ground. I will be starting my seeds soon and can’t wait to plant them. 🙂

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    Lee@A Guide to Northeastern Gardnening
    March 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Wonderful post Angie with some very helpful information! We got the same storm, but fortunately the four inches of snow we initially received quickly turned to sleet and rain. Now it is just plain cold, but hopefully springlike temperatures will come our way soon. Seeing your spring container just makes me want to run right out to the local nursery and get my violas, and the nursery just happens to be re-opening tomorrow! Hope you weathered the storm alright and I guess for now we can just keep dreaming of spring.

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    Michelle @ramblingwoods..
    March 17, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    We have about 3 feet of snow. I want to be able to start plants indoors…a project for hubby I think.. I just noticed your photo on the sidebar.. You are so pretty with a wonderful smile …..Michelle

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    March 17, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Beautiful post Angie!

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    Amanda | Maple Alps
    March 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    This was helpful! I’m hoping that our garden works out this year! It’s still snowing!

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    March 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    As much as I would love to spend time gardening, I have been caught up in other things off late. However this spring and summer I was to make sure I pursue it.

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    Amanda Nel
    March 17, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    We are preparing for autumn but I love your spring ideas. I am so excited to see that my orchids is showing her first 2 blooms!

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    Katy SkipTheBag
    March 18, 2017 at 10:06 am

    You photos are so beautiful. Hopefully you hadn’t’ got too much started before these most recent storms! Thanks for sharing on the #wastelesswednesday blog hop!

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    Fiona Cambouropoulos
    March 19, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Lovely spring colours in that first photo

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    Gentle Joy Photography
    March 19, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Such beautiful pictures and good reminders about all the chores to do for gardening. Thank you.

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    March 20, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Good morning! Just a little note to let you know that we have *FEATURED* this post today on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! Thank you for joining us! We hope to have you link up this week! 🙂

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    March 20, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Beautiful pics of your pretty petals and wonderful info on how to prep for our spring garden! I live on the island of Crete in Greece, and I will be planting next week! Thanks for sharing and have a lovely week!


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    Cal at Family Makes
    March 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Such beautiful spring flower photos. It’s very inspiring! #MySundayPhoto

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    March 20, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    We live on the Texas Gulf Coast and Spring is exploding around here. Love your blog and the gorgeous flowers.

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    March 21, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    This is exactly what I needed while waiting for spring – your photos are so stunning I can practically smell the flowers! Thanks for sharing on Homestead Blog Hop!

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    riitta k
    March 22, 2017 at 12:58 am

    Thank you Angie for linking at Floral Bliss! Happy week!

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    Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie
    March 22, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Such great advice for getting ready for spring planting. Love the pretty photos, too! Things are starting to bloom here in WA state and I am so excited! Happy spring! x Karen

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    March 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Beautiful flowers and some great tips. Happy gardening 🙂

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    Michelle Marine
    March 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    You always have the prettiest photos, Angie! I need to improve in that area. I hope all of your snow is gone by now. Allegedly, we got 6 inches here while we were gone, but all traces have vanished. I need to start my seeds today!! 🙂

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    March 29, 2017 at 7:12 am

    You have the lovelies garden. I always enjoy stopping by Angie.

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    Jade @ Captured By Jade
    March 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Such a helpful and insightful post – thanks for sharing your knowledge and beautiful captures.

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    Jennifer L
    April 2, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Wow thank you so much for great guide! I’ve been wanting to really get into revamping my backyard and would love to create a garden so I definitely need this thank you!

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    April 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Love how thorough this is! We are buying a new house this month, and I have never ever garden before. I love it your guides, so I’ll definitely be checking them out when we start landscaping.

    It feels so adult of me, but I really want to start an herb garden lol ??

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