Lincoln Garden Nursery Gives Tips for Preparing for Spring Gardening

LINCOLN, Nebraska (Nebraska) – Today is March 1st, and spring seems to be at our fingertips. Campbell nursery and garden center experts say it’s not too early to start prepping your garden.

Jason Orth, Campbell’s manager, said when there’s no snow on the ground, it’s time to start clearing the beds. With little moisture in the ground due to recent snow, it’s time to prepare the ground. Part of the preparation involves making a bed, turning the soil over, and incorporating it with mulch and compost.

“March is a great time to put these beds together,” Orth said. “They can be any size, any length, any depth, and probably eight to 12 inches minimum.”

If you are not ready to start outside, you can start inside. The clear bag method involves placing soil and seeds in a clear container and carrying them outside during the day and inside at night.

When it comes to what to plant, this time of year is great for planting “cold crops” like cabbages, kale, or radishes. They can be planted a couple of months before the predicted date of last frost. Orth said it changes from year to year, but it’s usually around May 10th.

Most seed bags have detailed instructions on when you can plant seeds for an indoor or outdoor garden. Other resources include gardening websites or visiting a local nursery to help answer any questions.

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