The new year is here. The parties have come and gone with resolutions in full swing.
What about your garden?
Avid gardeners know well that while most people want to forget about gardening during the winter, it can be the most productive time of year. Though you might be longing to be working in a beautiful garden during the warmer months, you can still actively prepare for a happy and healthy garden now.
Take Inventory of your Space
The space you have available will be a determining factor in a lot of your garden-planning decisions.
Will this area allow for containers? (If you take this route, stop what you are doing right now and read our exclusive gardening guide!) Or will be able to expand with raised beds?
Take time to measure the space or take it a step further: Draw them out to scale on graph paper.
What Do You Want to Grow?
This is the fun part, right? We would say so! Before going to the store and spending on a plethora of seeds that may not even meet soil, make a list of what you want to grow. It will help you plan space accordingly as well.
Make sure you are aware of the best time to grow your selections. For example, spinach is best grown in spring or fall here in the South. If you grow it, with what will you replace it when the sweltering heat of summer arrives?
Here are some great seed catalogs that you can add to your winter reading: https://oldworldgardenfarms.com/2015/11/13/the-best-garden-seed-catalogs-to-get-you-through-the-long-winter-months/
Map out a Timeline
If you are a visual person, this will make your heart happy. We recommend that once you know how much space you have at your disposal and what you want to plant, it is best to create a timeline of what to plant when.
Putting down planting dates will help you prepare ahead of time, before it can be too late! If you are wanting to have a specific bloom that thrives in the autumn, make sure to include every step, from planting in the soil to pruning. Or, in the case of edible plants, from planting to harvesting!
Go even further and add all details to your timeline! This example showcases how organization can aid in mapping out a vegetable garden, yet the process will work in all gardening cases.
Don’t be Afraid of Compost
It’s no secret that compost is incredibly nutritious for your garden. You can turn food scraps, leaves, lawn clippings, and other “green” waste into fertilizers that will be nutrient-rich for your plants.
People who are veterans at creating their own compost know the benefits of a DIY worm compost bin, which allows gardeners from home to apartments to enjoy this natural way of creating compost. If that seems a little to extreme for your plans, you can also blend old food scraps for instant compost. Yum!
While it may seem like an endless series steps to prepare for your dream garden this year, we can promise you that the results will be worth it! As we are always trying new plants in innovative ways, we invite you to dive deep into your research and explore creative ways to bring life to your garden.
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