Soil prep, seeding and transplanting— it’s Springtime!

Radishes are poppin out!

It’s finally that time again! With this beautiful (unseasonally warm!) springtime weather in Chicago, it’s a great opportunity to get a lot of gardening done.

Soil prep at CYC Crown Center!

The first step with springtime gardening is to add a layer of fresh soil and/or compost to our beds. This adds a boost of nutrients to our soils which may have become depleted during the winter. Add about 1-2 inches of soil before planting!

Planting peas at Belmont Village Senior Living

Once our soil is ready, we can start seeding! Seeds are either placed intentionally and properly spaced in rows, or broadcasted by scattering them in an area. Greens are perfect for broadcasting to grow a bed of baby greens 🙂 Dont forget to make labels to remind yourself what you planted!!

Transplanting strawberries at BVSL

Cool weather crops can be transplanted throughout the month of April. Strawberries love to grow in cool weather— we’ll see if we get any fruits this year, but we might have to wait until next season. Strawberries are perennials so they’ll come back on their own every year!

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