Spring Garden Chores and Checklist
Having a spring garden chores checklist is helpful for staying on track this time of year. I know my spring chores are on my mind! I like to stick this list on my refrigerator or jot notes down in my calendar to keep me on track. This is also a handy sheet to print out, use a 3-hole punch on, and then add to a 3-ring binder with your garden notes. You can also enter your notes into an online calendar with notifications, such as Google Calendar.
Update: I’ve included a free printable garden chores checklist for both Northern and Southern gardeners, as well as a blank checklist that you can use to fill in with your own customized list of chores.
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Spring Garden Checklist
- Start seedlings under lights
- Clean and oil tools
- Remove debris and rake garden
- Burn or compost debris
- Turn the soil and prepare for planting when the soil is dry enough
- Build raised beds
- Start hugelkulture beds
- Set up cold frames
- Plant cool-season crops
- Clean pots for flowers and container crops
- Prepare beds for warm-season crops
- Harden off seedlings
- Transplant seedlings
- Mulch paths, around plants, landscaping beds
- Prune dead or rubbing branches on trees and shrubs
- Divide perennials
- Transplant strawberries, brambles, perennial vegetables
- Plant fruit trees, small fruits, and berries
- Purchase tools, seeds, bulbs, tubers, and plants
- Harvest early-season crops
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Download and print my free Spring Garden Chores Checklist!
I created this handy checklist with the months included, because you may need to do certain chores during a different month than I do, depending on your climate and growing conditions. I’ve included a spot to jot down the average date of your last frost in spring to help guide your planting dates. Just click on the ‘Download’ button, below, and print as many copies as you like!
Here is the free spring checklist for Northern Climates…
And here is the free checklist for Southern Climates…
Just in case these checklists don’t match your specific chores, I’ve created a blank page to fill in with your customized items…
Starting Spring Seedlings Indoors
You can save money on your vegetable starts and also raise more varieties if you start your seedlings under lights indoors. Not sure when to start your seeds? Read Set Up a Seed Starting Calendar for help!
Here are some of my favorite seeds to start:
- Hot peppers
- Sweet bell peppers
- Brussels sprouts
You can also plant seeds for cool-season crops in a cold frame where they will germinate earlier than they would out in the open. This frees up space under your seed starting lights indoors too.
Are you tired of buying plastic seed starting trays or maybe you want to be more environmentally friendly? Here’s my guide to Eco-friendly Seed Starting!
Harvesting Some Egyptian Walking Onions and French Sorrel
I’m excited to have green onions from my garden and French sorrel to add to our salads and omelets. Soon there will be rhubarb, asparagus, and some wild greens to forage. I’ve shared some information on these crops in case you’d like to grow or forage for your own early-season veggies.
Here are some other helpful gardening articles:
How to Make a Survival Seed Bank – Not just for prepping! Read up on the best way to save those seeds you don’t use in your garden this year. 🙂
What spring chores do you need to do in your garden? Leave a comment!