Preparing for Spring Vegetable Gardening


March is here, this is the month of hope for me as an urban grower in Chicago.  I have endured subzero temperatures most of January, over two feet of snow in February and nursed my family through the flu while experiencing these challenges of winter weather.  Gardening bliss cannot come quick enough for me.  While experiencing the typical challenges of a Chicago winter, I have been envisioning a fruitful growing season of tasty nutritious vegetables.  My seed catalogs give me inspiration to do another annual garden of determinate cherry tomatoes, straight eight cucumbers, luscious leafy greens and a variety of culinary herbs. My permaculture practice provokes me to enhance polycultures of my backyard with more perennial vegetables that can produce for many seasons to come.  All my ideas have been put on graphing paper for plotting and designing a better backyard garden this year.  March is the time when I make those ideas a reality as I begin to start the seedlings that will soon turn into abundant crops of food lasting well into the next Chicago winter.


Preparing for Spring Gardening

Before I can enjoy my vegetable garden haven I must get ready in advance.  After many seasons of food cultivation, I have found that preparation is key to a successful growing season.  There are many things to consider before I can enjoy the fruits of my labor and celebrate the numerous harvest to come.  Soil, water, compost and pest management are vital to my productive seasons.  Although the initial steps can be daunting, they do make things easier as the growing season progresses. Preparing in advance has made my previous growing seasons of food cultivation fruitful ones.

Here are some useful tips maintenance related to soil, water, compost and pest management for vegetable spring gardening preparation.


 • Use grass clippings, raked leaves, kitchen scraps (such as egg shells, produce rinds or coffee grinds) or mulch to amend your soil at the beginning of the spring season.

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