RMM - March-22 - Raymond Kerege

Manage the Compost

As winter fades and the ground begins to warm, your compost pile will come to life. Toss in some worms to help facilitate the conversion of household and yard scraps into the nutrient-richmaterials your garden needs. Continue to add layers of greenmaterial like grass clippings, brownmaterial like paper bags and small twigs, and organic food materials from the home. Stir your compost pile at regular intervals to combine ingredients. Order Garden Soil Depending on where you live, it might be time to get garden soil delivered. Some areas won’t be ready for another 4-8 weeks, however you’ll want to get your soil in place and let it settle for a few days to a few weeks before planting. Collect Rainwater If you don’t already have a rain harvesting system in place, now is the perfect time to get it set up so you can catch the spring rain

runoff. Grab a couple of rain barrels and a downspout diverter.

Cut the downspout and install the diverter with hoses running into the rain barrels. Make sure to elevate your rain barrels for easy access when it’s time to use your collected water in the garden. Set up Sprinklers and Soaker Hoses If you already have an automated system and the threat of freezing has passed, it’s time to dewinterize. Alternatively you may rely on soaker hoses as your primary watering system. If this is the case, make sure you have enough hoses. Check them for function and lay them out. Also set up your timers to control your watering schedule.

Weeds You know what they say… “Getting started is the hardest part.” Pulling weeds while the ground is soft from spring rains and the thaw of winter frost is much easier than battling themwhen the ground hardens in the summer. Get a jump on weeds now. If you don’t plan to pull them, you can till the area or lay down a thick layer of mulch or layers of cardboard to suppress weed growth until you’re ready to plant.

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