Daffodils are blooming and snow is melting…but trust me on this one,
you must resist the urge to start digging in your garden!!!
You can do serious damage to your soil by digging when it is too wet.
A great way to test whether or not your soil is ready or not is to grab a handful of soil, give it a squeeze and then drop it on the ground from where you are standing. If your handful of soil easily breaks apart and feels crumbly, go ahead and dig. But if your handful of soil feels sticky and does not easily break apart, give your soil a few extra weeks to dry out before doing any major digging (i.e. double digging.)
I know, I know! The pull of spring tempts us all to want to be in our gardens working the soil, but take it from someone who has made this mistake before, dig only when your soil feels crumby and easily breaks apart. In the meantime, continue making garden plans, dream of the delicious produce that your garden will grant you, remulch your garden paths and surely you have some weeds to pull somewhere…!
Community Garden and Volunteer Coordinator