5 Steps to Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring: $100 Sweepstakes

This post is sponsored by First Editions® Plants and SheKnows Media.

How do you get your garden ready for spring, or even start a garden at all? Don't worry - we're the garden experts here! Here are my 5 steps to getting that garden ready this year. #ad

As you know, our garden is sort of our crowning glory of our property and yard!

I remember the first time I saw it, and it was nothing special then. It was September and the previous owners were moving, so the garden hadn’t been tended in ages. And yet, I saw a beautiful eggplant bursting through – large and ripe – and knew this land was the place for us. The sun was shining through the windows and into the paths of the woods, and we put an offer on the house that same day, if I remember correctly! And luckily it got accepted, and we became home and garden owners! This was perfect timing because Scarlet was two at that point, and I was pregnant with Des the same week we got our offer accepted. We knew we were at the start of something special. It’s been a wonderful learning experience since.

I wasn’t born with a green thumb. My mom said I used to help her plant peas at our old house, and I somewhat remember that, but I have learned the most through Cassidy. I remember when he separated his shoulder and couldn’t do much, so I installed the garden’s irrigation system. We’ve done pallet gardening and vertical strawberry rows. We have planted trees, berries, and vegetables. Lately, we’ve been super into shrubs and trees, and that’s been part of our recent projects.

Every year is a chance to start over. So whether you’re starting a brand new garden, starting a brand new project in a garden, or just doing things completely differently, here are 5 steps to getting your garden ready this spring:

1 – Cleanup time! This is always the first because fall and winter do a real number on our land. Cassidy will first clear all the garden beds and pallets and then sweep the branches, leaves, and garbage that has collected on the lawn.

2 – Tool time! Your tools have been sitting around for 9 months or so. You have to make sure they’re ready for the job by cleaning them with soap and water and making sure the handles won’t give you splinters. Maybe invest in new ones.

3 – Soil time! A big part of the cleanup is that bulbs are going to burst out any day now. You also want your soil ready for new growth. Turn the soil over and clear out any weeds. We add fresh compost that we buy a few weeks before planting.

4 – Layout time! We actually make charts to see which fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, and plants are will work well in certain light conditions, and also next to each other. For this, we often turn to the experts at the garden center.

5 – Shopping, planting and maintenance time! Shopping is my personal favorite, although planting is fun too! This year I was all about beautifying our garden with First Editions® Plants. Since Cassidy is traveling for most of this spring, I had to find a solution so that I could upkeep our garden. I love that I found a solution at our local garden center last week.

First Editions® Plants are easy-to-care for shrubs and plants. They create a vibrant and gratifying outdoor space, and are the perfect solution for hopeful gardeners who maybe don’t have a ton of time or help in the garden. I have Little Devil™ Ninebark, Amber Jubilee™ Ninebark, and Strawberry Sundae® Hydrangea. They have 125+ plant varieties! Just look for the purple pot and enjoy their premium assortment of shrubs and trees. I took such care in my selections for our garden:

First Editions® Plants are selected for success! They have been rigorously tested so I feel confident they will flourish this season. I love the wide variety and how much fun it was to find shrubs and colors for our garden. And, they have a guru who can help you with anything gardening. Check “Let’s Ask Amy” out here. And I know I had mentioned about pairing plants together, but here’s a wonderful reference for how to pair your plants. Isn’t it wonderful to simplify the beauty of gardening?

How do you get your garden ready for spring, or even start a garden at all? Don't worry - we're the garden experts here! Here are my 5 steps to getting that garden ready this year. #ad

How do you get your garden ready for spring, or even start a garden at all? Don't worry - we're the garden experts here! Here are my 5 steps to getting that garden ready this year. #ad

How do you get your garden ready for spring, or even start a garden at all? Don't worry - we're the garden experts here! Here are my 5 steps to getting that garden ready this year. #ad

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5 Benefits From Our Culligan Water Filtration System

This post was sponsored by Culligan Water as part of an Integrated Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

I grew up with a water filtration system and once I moved away from home, I had missed it since. That's why I'm so happy to be back to my filtered water roots! Here are 5 benefits! #ad #HeyCulligan #CulliganIC

Cassidy can be a man of few words, I never know WHAT he’s thinking. So the other night, he said something interesting, “Getting our Culligan Water was one of the best things of the last few years.” YES! I wanted to throw my fist in the air and shout, “YES. YES. You get it!” It’s not surprising that he gets it, though. We live in a world of sometimes-harsh things. It’s been winter for about a gazillion years. Winter used to mean dry hair, cracked skin, and a general “blah” feeling when looking in the mirror. Wondering where my glow is. This winter was a little different.

Mainly, we took care of ourselves. Bigger bedroom and bathroom, and splitting up the kids’ rooms. From December until April we were winterizing the chicken coop, getting the dog a new bed, eating better, and loving our Culligan Water!

We’ve had our Culligan Water system for a few months now! It’s been a great experience. You’ve probably seen the Culligan Water vehicles out in the road, or had water from them at your office. I love that they also provide water solutions for your whole home. They identify a host of water issues including hard water and the taste of your water.

I know we have the best water for our home, and for our family. And you know what? Every day is a “good water day” and that means a lot of good hair days and good glowing skin days too! This kid has GREAT hair:

So it’s safe to say that we love it, we’re keeping it, and that our Culligan Water Filtration System has improved our lives, and we really needed that. Ready to hear more? Here are 5 Benefits From Our Culligan Water Filtration System:

1 – We’re drinking more water! It’s true. People always say to drink at least eight glasses a day, and what better incentive is there than clean and clear water? Our Culligan reverse osmosis drinking water filtration system inspires us to drink more, because we know we’re drinking the best water for our house and for our family. You can see the difference instantly!

2 – AND, you can feel the difference instantly too! The water softening system is to be envied. Softer skin, softer hands, softer hair. My hair is thick and can be quite lush IF I take care of it well. This means less product buildup and fewer chemicals settling too comfortably in our water, and thus, our hair. I’m happy to say I felt the difference instantly.

3 – We buy fewer personal care products. We have less static, and also need less anti-frizz or anti-flyaway products. And our skin is softer and more hydrated, so we have less use for hand or body lotion. And this means fewer shopping trips!

4 – A cleaner, more efficient home. Yes, it’s true. Softer water has more benefits beyond letting your hair and skin keep their natural moisturizers! Cleaner water makes dishwashers, washing machines, and COFFEE machines run better. Softer water leaves behind less residue than hard water with its hard water minerals. Therefore, that means cleaner toilets, sinks, tubs, fixtures, etc. Plus, cleaner glasses and plates, and even clearer ice cubes! That one took me by surprise at first!

5 – It’s better for the environment. In fact, drinking from your tap, especially with a reverse osmosis water filtration system saves a ton of money on bottled water, and also reduces waste. We used to go through tons of bottled water a week.

I don’t think I realized how much of an impact water really has on our lives. It’s not just drinking water, which is HUGE, but it’s the way better water makes you feel in terms of beauty and personal care, and it’s the way your home is operating.

Can you think of any benefits from Culligan Water that I didn’t mention?

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