The winter months can make it difficult to satisfy your green thumb. Yes, you can grow indoor plants, but with the arrival of spring and warmer weather, that’s all about to change!

The snow and slush on the ground are finally thawing, giving way to grass and ground ripe for gardening. As we transition from winter to spring, it’s time to begin preparations for your spring garden by thinking about all of the amazing vegetables that you want to grow, and better yet, which veggies you want to eat!

Whether you’re a new gardener or a tried-and-true expert, the long winter off can make us all a little rusty when it comes to gardening. So to make sure you’re on your A-game, we’ve created a list of spring gardening tips and tricks will help you prioritize what needs to be done so your garden will flourish all season long.

Get your gardening gloves ready and check out these simple spring gardening tips. And remember, have fun out there!

Clean Your Garden

Removing weeds, dead leaves and fallen branches pave the way for a fresh, clean foundation for this garden season. This is also a great opportunity to organize garden tools and sheds.

Start A Compost Pile

Composting has become increasingly popular but for those who have not done it, composting sounds like an intimidating task. As long as you add the right ingredients into your compost pile, your garden will benefit from the nutrients of the decomposed organic material.

Materials added to compost piles are divided into “green” or “wet” ingredients and “brown” or “dry” ingredients. A good compost pile has equal parts “green” and “brown” ingredients.

Clean Out Bird Feeders and Baths

If your garden has bird feeders or baths, don’t forget to clean out feeders and baths from leaves and water that have collected throughout the winter. Draining bird baths also prevents pests like mosquitoes from entering your yard.

Prune Shrubs and Trees

To stimulate plant and tree growth, add pruning to your spring garden to-do list! Plants that bloom in the spring should be pruned shortly after they bloom. Plants that bloom in the summer should be pruned during early spring to stimulate growth.

Replenish Your Soil

Replenishing your topsoil with composted materials and organic fertilizers will refresh your soil with all the necessary nutrients that may have been stripped away during the winter. You can even perform a soil test to see what nutrients your soil needs.

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Start Planting Flowers & Vegetables

Once your garden is prepared and ready, begin planting early spring flowers like pansies, lilacs, redbud and grand maitre crocus. You could even plant cool-season vegetables like lettuces, peas, spinach, chard and arugula.

Indoor Plants All Year-Round

Luckily, you don’t have to wait until spring to get your gardening fix. Ambius provides office plants all year-round. So even when you’re at work, you can reap the benefits and beauty of indoor plants!