, Newburyport, MA


April 10, 2013

Tim's Tips: Choose soil carefully for garden beds


The yields that we get from the soil are fantastic. Remember, once you fill those raised beds, you are going to be using that soil for years to come. Start off with good quality soil and you will be able to successfully grow vegetable in your raised beds.

If you haven’t started to remove the winter mulch from your perennial beds and from around your rose bushes, now is the time to do so. The soil is warming up and your plants will begin to awaken from their winter nap. Once the mulch is removed, you should add some lime to the soil if you did not do so in the fall. An application of organic fertilizer will get the plants to begin to grow again.

Speaking of rose bushes, you should be pruning out any dead branches that didn’t make it through the winter. You can also prune back your butterfly bushes and the Rose of Sharon. Your spring flowering shrubs should be pruned back after they are done flowering.

Your blueberry bushes, grape vines, strawberry plants and raspberry bushes will benefit from an application of organic fertilizer.

Well, that should keep you busy this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Special Features
AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Special Features