It’s never too soon to start thinking about your Spring garden. It might be mid-winter at the moment but it’s the perfect time to start planning for this Spring’s garden and for your garden in the long term. There are many things that you can do to help you get ready for the perfect garden. When you prepare you can have the optimum amount of produce yielded for the season! If you are new to gardening then hopefully we can help you get totally prepared for your spring garden!
Write down a Game Plan
Make a list of what you want to grow this year. Once you have decided what you want to grow, decide how much you want to grow. You can also plan where you want each plant in the garden. Keep in mind that some plants assist other plants with growing and some don’t grow very well together! So do your research on companion planting to see what you should plant side by side. If you are planning to add in some raised beds then now is the time to start working on those! You can even design a layout for your garden beforehand so that you will be totally prepared when the time comes for you to put it into action.
Now that you have a game plan in place then it is time to start collecting materials. Some people save the seeds from the year before, some people save the seeds from the food they eat, and some people buy the seed they are going to use. You have to decide if you want regular seeds, organic seeds, or heirloom seeds. Each have their pros and cons. Whichever you choose it is a good idea to buy one or 2 packs of seeds per week, if you go to buy all of your seeds at once it can be a big expense. Likewise if you need topsoil or other soil, if you buy a bag a week it makes it much more affordable then getting everything in one large lump sum. This makes it a little easier.
Speaking of preparing, one great way to do so is to start a compost pile. This can be foods left over from your own meals(anything but meat byproducts), or waste from your farm animals. Chicken manure is a great addition to your compost pile because it is nitrogen rich. A compost pile makes a great foundation for your garden, if you have a compost pile going then you will save money on fertilizer and other materials that enrich your gardens soil. Making a compost pile is a easy way to make your spring garden successful!
Going in Order
It is important to keep in mind that some veggies can survive the cold weather much better than others. For example, lettuce is a cool weather plant that can withstand a little bit of weather. Plus, lettuce that is grown at home has much higher levels of vitamin A! Next you can consider putting in potatoes and onions, they are tougher than warm weather plants as well. Remember to never put in warm weather plants before Easter. Warm weather veggies go in after the last freeze. Some examples of warm weather plants are tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and peppers. These are the plants that will thrive throughout the summer but will not do well in colder weather.
Now that you have it all planned out you are set for your Spring garden. Once the weather gets warm enough you will be fully prepared and ready for your Spring garden and you can start planting! Soon you will be reaping the benefits of your hard work and dedication, nothing tastes better than a fresh vegetable that you grew yourself!