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5 things to do now for your garden

In this Feb. 9, 2012 photo, an unnamed camellia variety blooms at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens outside Charleston, S.C. Magnolia is working to create the largest collection of ancient camellias in the world. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

In this Feb. 9, 2012 photo, an unnamed camellia variety blooms at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens outside Charleston, S.C. Magnolia is working to create the largest collection of ancient camellias in the world. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

All the Valentine flowers make us yearn for spring, but our yards are still bleak.

If the gardener in you just needs to get outside do something, here are five things you can do now to get your garden ready for spring.

If you didn’t work compost into the soil last fall, throw fresh compost over the garden – even if it’s snow covered. It will settle over the soil and you can work it in right before planting.

You can plant cool season crops as soon as the ground can be tilled (March, April). So have your seed ready. Find a local garden center from the link at the right or order seed online or from catalogs.

Carrots, spinach, lettuce, beets, green onions, radishes, pak choi and peas are veggies to plant soon.

Rotating veggie placement each year is a good practice in order to avoid insects and diseases that can overwinter in the soil and attack specific veggies. They are more threatening if debris was not cleaned out of the garden last the fall. Tomatoes and corn are crops to move to a new place each year.

Before planting, rototill or hand till the ground to work in the compost bepore planting.

Want to really jump start the garden? After working the soil, place black plastic over it. This will warm up the soil and give a two to three weeks head start on growing. Pinch holes in the plastic to plant seeds. The plastic can be left as mulch during the growing season.

Need help planning a great garden? Find a professional among Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado members located in six chapters statewide.

Becky Garber is member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado of which Neils Lunceford, a landscaping company, is a member. You may contact them at (970) 409-8945.

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