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How to Get a Start on Spring Gardening

22135725_xlSigns of Spring are starting to show around the country; from singing birds to spots of bright colors as fresh green patches of grass begin to grow and colorful flowers start to make their presence known.  For those who live in more northern climates, such as Augusta, Maine or Central Maine, now is a great time to get a garden started.  A garden can add character and charm to any property, and if you are getting ready to put your house on the market, Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson, Realtors can help find a prospective buyer who really appreciates the hard work you have done around the house. The following tips can help you get started.

Begin Your Seeds at Home

Growing your own seedlings is a great way to get started on the gardening process while you are waiting for the final frosts of the season to pass. You can then safely transfer the seedlings to your garden, which is crucial because Maine has such a short gardening season. Even before the ground has warmed up, you can start enjoying flowers and harvest vegetables as much as four to six weeks earlier than if you had planted them outdoors.

Know What to Plant and When to Plant it

Knowing what will turn out best at certain intervals during the year is the key to having a successful garden. According to the Farmer's Almanac, Augusta, Maine has a 50 percent probability of being frost-free after April 27. Certain above-ground crops are well-suited for growing conditions in early spring. They include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, peas, radishes, spinach, and turnips.

Install Row Covers

With the start of the new gardening season, it is time to take measures to make sure that your new crop grows the way you want it to. Insects and pests can destroy a garden very quickly, but row covers can keep your garden safe from such attacks. When used in the spring, row covers are a great way to prevent the sprouts from insect attacks. Some heavier weight cloths can even protect against freeze if a late-season frost strikes. The covers should be held above the crops to create a tunnel. Then, the covers need to be anchored to the ground around the garden. Rain will go through the cloth to keep the crops watered.

Consider Sources for Organic Matter

With spring just around the corner, it is time to consider sources around your property that can supply organic matter for the garden. Organic soil helps to improve the health of the soil overall, as it is rich with nutrients. Additionally, it can generally hold more water than traditional soil.

Whether you are planning on buying real estate or selling real estate, Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson, Realtors are ready to help. Remember that a seemingly small step, such as planting a garden, can greatly increase the curb appeal of a property.


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