Get a Winter Head Start on Spring Planting
You might be looking sadly at your snow-covered garden at the moment. It’s barely winter, and spring seems so far away. But the thaw will be here before you know it. If you want to have a beautiful, productive garden this year, you should start preparing now.
You don’t want to get to early April and realize that you are already behind. So figure out what you need to do to improve your garden over last year’s, and get going right away.
Winter is a great time to take a long, hard look at last year’s garden. What grew well or bloomed fantastically? Make a list. Consider how your trees and bushes have grown in the past year, and if they will prevent sunlight from reaching certain parts of your garden. If you have tried several different brands of seeds, make a note of which products had a better turnout overall. Next, you should look at your garden itself. Are you maximizing space and sunlight the way you should? This might be the year to build a new planter box. And if you have struggled to keep your plants watered adequately, consider automated watering techniques, such as drip irrigation.
Now that you know what worked and what didn’t last year, you should start preparing for the upcoming spring. What would you like to grow? If you like to grow plants to eat, consider a few varieties of flowers that attract bees to help with pollination. Do some research about the growing season of your region. You may have two or three seasons in which you can expect to grow different plants and flowers. Figure out which species you’d like to have in early spring, and start shopping around for the seeds right away. Or, check out your local gardening outfitters to see when they get their earliest shipments. Popular plants sell out quickly, so you don’t want to be left behind.
Gardening can be such a relaxing hobby. But not if you feel like you’re passing deadlines. Start now, and by spring, you’ll be ready to go.