How Much Do You Know About Garden Preparation?

Most of us have turned into gardening when we got nothing else left to do during the last year’s lockdowns. Though some have been hardcore and were able to tend to their plants indoors, I’m sure this spring season brings out another level of excitement for old and new plant-lovers alike. 

Have you prepared your garden for this year’s planting season?

If you haven’t yet, not to worry as anytime can be a good time to start as long as you follow these simple steps. 

Let us know in the comment box below if you’re all prepped for Gardening 2021.

  1. Condition your mind – planting can be easy, okay, or hard depending on someone’s state of mind. What may be simple to some can be hard for you if you haven’t set your mind to work for a great garden. 

If you have the budget to pay for someone to landscape and create a beautiful garden for you, contact ORGANICSCAPES for professional landscaping. If you don’t or won’t have, you need to put in quite a bit more effort. After all, do you think that beautifully manicured lawn in your neighbor’s yard just sprouted overnight and out of the blue? It takes a lot of care and love to get a perfect one. But you don’t have to be overwhelmed with the commitment. 

How? Check the next steps. 

  1. Create a plan – do you want a simple one with a few pots and a couple of raised beds? Or do you want a Versailles-inspired lawn/garden? Would you love to have a floral or a vegetable garden or a mixed of all that you want. Again, make a plan – check how much time, effort and budget can you commit to doing it.
  1. Stretch out – if you haven’t been so active lately but decided you’d go for it and create your own garden maze, then might as well stretch and do a few warm-ups before you prepare your garden. You don’t want your arms and back hurting the next day and then having the excuse not to continue just because of it. Unless that was your plan in the 1st place.. (wink*wink* to those who were given responsibilities in cleaning up the yard, I hear ya!)
  1. Tools – check all your garden essentials stored in the topmost part of your cabinets gathering dust and waiting for your comeback after buying them a few years ago. Still no rust? Great! Just clean and oil a few and you’re good to go. If you don’t have the garden tools, check out this link for some tools’ vocabulary that even your preschooler can understand by looking at the pictures.  

Gardening Tools: Names, List with Useful Pictures

Mentally prepared – check!

Physically prepared – check

Tools prepared – check!

Will just list down quickly the next steps that you would need to finish the preparation:

Do a spring cleaning in the area and clear out the weeds, debris, toys, and other items you’ve left out to break up and wish to disintegrate in the cold harsh weather. (I still see ya…you who were tasked to be the responsible one…wink!)

Prune – nope not the preserved plum that some would disguise as a tasteful wine. Prune in gardening terms, is removing the damaged/diseased part of the plant.

Prepare the soil

Set up new planters and garden beds

Choose and research wisely on the plants that you wanted to grow if you’re a beginner or if you just wanted to plant a new one that you haven’t previously done before.

Here’s a guide to “Selecting Native Plants for Home Landscapes in Central Oregon”

Early planting – if it’s still too cold to grow your chosen plant, you can try and plant them in small pots indoors and put them out and replant once the temperature is okay to do so.

Apply mulch for healthier soil and plants not having to compete with unnecessary weeds.

Written with reference to “Spring Garden Preparation Checklist”. 

So there you have it, hope you had fun reading this. If you want more information, you can check the links I’ve provided above and, other web resources and books for check-out on this link provided by the Deschutes Public Library.

DPL High Desert Gardening

 Happy gardening!

written by Chrissie for Bend Rental Guide

Photo by Tabitha Mort on

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Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad

This salad looks so refreshing for the hot summer days ahead! Looks perfect to bring to a BBQ and enjoy with family and friends!


Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad


  • 1 lb fresh strawberries , diced

  • 1 lb fresh pineapple , diced
  • 12 oz fresh blueberries
  • 12 oz red grapes , diced into halves
  • 4 kiwis , peeled and diced
  • 1 (15 oz) can mandarin oranges in juice, drained well and sliced into halves
  • 2 ripe bananas , diced*

Honey Lime Dressing

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp lime zest (zest of 2 medium limes)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice


  1. Add all fruit to a large mixing bowl. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together they honey, lime zest and lime juice. Pour over fruit just before serving and toss to evenly coat (as it sits for a few minutes the juices will gather at the bottom, so toss again before plating).
  2. *The bananas aren’t pictured. I decided to add them later on because I love the sweet flavor they add.

Ginger- Peach Beer Cooler

This looks amazing for summer!!



  • Three 12-ounce bottles chilled beer, light or mild, such as Modelo Especial (not dark beer)
  • 3 cups (24 ounces) chilled peach nectar, such as bottled R.W. Knudsen brand or canned peach nectar
  • 2 fresh peaches, pitted and cut into wedges or 5-ounces frozen peach slices, thawed
  • 3/4 cup Ginger Simple Syrup, recipe follows
Ginger Simple Syrup:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • One 4-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into 1/4-inch pieces


Combine the beer, peach nectar, peaches and syrup in a large pitcher; stir to blend. Serve immediately.

Ginger Simple Syrup:

Place 1/2 cup water, the sugar and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring the syrup to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Let the syrup cool completely, about 20 minutes. Strain before using.

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