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From Soil to Maintenance: A Guide to Spring Gardening in New England

Spring is a beautiful time of year in New England, and if you're a gardening enthusiasts, it's the perfect time to start planning and planting your garden. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just getting started, here are five tips to help you get your garden off to a great start this Spring.

1. Start with a soil test

Before you start planting, knowing what kind of soil you're working with is an essential step to a healthy yard. A soil test will tell you the pH level of your soil and the levels of important nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Once you know the state of your soil, you can add amendments like compost, fertilizer, and lime to adjust the pH level and provide your plants with the nutrients they need to thrive.

2. Choose the right plants

In New England Spring can be a tricky time for gardening. While the weather may be warm during the day, it can still dip below freezing at night. To ensure your garden's success, choose hardy enough plants to withstand these temperature fluctuations. Some good choices for spring garden planting in New England include lettuce, peas, radishes, and spinach.

3. Pay attention to drainage

Spring in New England can be rainy, and it's important to ensure your garden has good drainage to prevent water logging. If your soil is heavy and tends to hold water, consider adding organic matter like compost or peat moss to improve drainage. Raised beds or container gardening are other great options to ensure proper drainage.

4. Don't forget to mulch.

Mulching your garden is important for a variety of reasons. It helps retain moisture in the soil, suppresses weed growth, and moderates soil temperature. In the Spring, a layer of mulch can also help protect young plants from late frosts. Use organic materials like straw, leaves, or wood chips for a natural, nutrient-rich mulch.

5. Stay on top of maintenance.

Spring is a busy time in the garden, and it's important to stay on top of maintenance tasks like weeding, watering, and fertilizing. Regular weeding helps prevent the growth of weeds and keeps your garden looking tidy. Watering is especially important during dry spells, and it's essential to ensure your plants get enough water without overwatering. Fertilizing can also help your plants grow strong and healthy, but be careful not to over-fertilize, which can cause burning and damage.

Following these five tips, you can get your garden off to a great start this Spring in New England. Happy gardening!

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