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Spring gardening is an exciting time as the weather warms up and plants start to come alive. We cover soil preparation, garden layout planning, starting seeds, hardening off, watering and mulching, and fertilization, among many more.

By following these spring gardening tips, you’ll be well on your way to a bountiful and beautiful garden as the season progresses.

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