Prepare the soil
Before planting, make sure the soil is in good condition by removing any debris and adding compost or manure to improve soil fertility. Get a soil test to determine the pH level, nutrient content, and texture. Mix in compost, aged manure, or other organic matter into the soil to improve its fertility. Use a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of about 12 inches and smooth out the soil surface and remove any high or low spots.
Know your hardiness zone
A hardiness zone is a geographic area defined as having a certain average annual minimum temperature, a factor relevant to the survival of many plants. In Newfoundland, the hardiness zone ranges from 4a to 5b, so make sure you choose plants that are suitable for the area.
View the Newfoundland plant zone hardiness map here!
Start seeds indoors
You can start seeds indoors and then transplant them outside once the weather has warmed up. Know when to plant your vegetables, herbs and flowers based on the last frost date in your area.
Protect your plants
Be mindful of the spring weather and make sure your plants are protected from any sudden frosts. Covering your plants with blankets or tarps overnight can help protect them.
Regular watering is essential for healthy growth, especially during the dry periods in the spring.
Mulch your garden
Mulching helps retain moisture in the soil, reduces weed growth and adds nutrients to the soil.
Keep an eye on pests
Pests like aphids and slugs are common in the spring, so keep an eye out and take action early to prevent damage to your plants.
Spring fertilizing is best done when the soil has started to warm up and the grass has started to grow. In Newfoundland, this usually happens in late April or early May. Choose a fertilizer that is appropriate for your plants. Choose a fertilizer that contains both nitrogen and phosphorus, as these are essential for healthy growth. A slow-release fertilizer is also recommended, as it will provide the plants with a consistent supply of nutrients throughout the growing season.
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