Sustainable Spring Gardening

Let’s look ahead to prepare for your next gardening project.

Spring is always an exciting and most welcome respite after long months of Minnesota winter. As the snow fades, the warmer weather is an opportunity for many of us to get outside and start gardens our gardens for the upcoming seasons. But before you begin your spring planting, consider these tips for sustainable gardening practices. 


Composting is one of the best ways to naturally fertilize your soil in a sustainable, healthy way. Compost is nature’s way of recycling beneficial plant material and vitamins back into your garden. If you don’t have your own compost pile, make sure that you are buying compost from certified processors. SET offers the highest-grade compost for all your gardening needs.

Wait to clean out your garden beds

While it might be tempting to clear away all the dead leaves and other plant debris once the weather starts to warm, it’s best to hold off on clearing away this material until temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. Many vital pollinators and insects winter in hollow stems and under leaves and they need time to emerge.

Native plant varieties

Sow plant varieties that are indigenous to your area to preserve biodiversity and raise stronger, more resilient flora. Native plants are usually easier to care for, require less water, and provide essential food sources and habitats for local wildlife.

Buy local

Buying locally grown plants not only supports community businesses, but it also increases the quality of your garden. Purchasing from a local grower is a great way to ensure that your yard is full of vegetation that is best suited for your region and climate.

SET has answers for all your compost questions:

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