It's February, and I know you really want to get out there to start digging and planting in your garden. Well, it's a bit early for all of that. However, there are plenty of things you can do now to lay the groundwork for a flourishing garden this spring.
- Create a Plan for Your Garden. Draw a map of your garden and figure out where you want to locate your plants. I suggest incorporating the idea of companion gardening into your plan. When you have a companion garden, you're placing plants together that can benefit one another. For instance, tomatoes and basil are companion plants. Basil serves as a deterrent to pests such as spider mites and aphids, so they won't attack your tomatoes.
- Put In an Order for Seeds. Once you decide where to put your plants in your garden, it's time to order the seeds! It'll be nice to have all of your seeds ready to go when the time comes.
- Start Growing Seedlings Indoors. Why not give some of your plants a head start? Get a seed tray and grow some seedlings indoors so they'll be extra strong when they go into your springtime garden.
- Clean and Organize Your Gardening Supplies. A spade, shovel, rake, pruning shears, and wheelbarrow are all likely to be in your collection of gardening supplies. This is an excellent time to go out to the garage or shed to clean your gardening tools and get them ready for use in a few weeks.
- Plant Bulbs. It's not too late to plant bulbs: If you forgot to plant them in fall, you can do so now. Get some tulip and daffodil bulbs and start planting.
- Start a Compost Pile. A compost pile is beneficial for a lot of reasons. For one, you can use the compost as fertilizer in your garden. This allows you to save some money on your gardening budget. Plus, you'll be putting banana peels, lettuce, potato peels, newspaper, and coffee grounds on your compost pile instead of in your local landfill.
- Clear Away the Weeds. Take a look out your window and you'll see that weeds have a way of sneaking into your garden at any time of the year. Clear them away and rake the ground so it will be ready and waiting for your seedlings and seeds.
- Create Labels for Your Plants. This is a fun thing you can do to make your spring garden all the more special. Putting labels next to your veggies is an easy way to locate them at a glance. You can use bright white paint to put the names of each of your vegetables on pieces of wood. Or gather a bunch of old clay flower pots and write the name of a vegetable on each one using a black permanent marker. It's completely up to you how creative you get with your garden labels.
See? There are lots of things you can do right now to prep for a beautiful spring garden. The more planning you do, the better your garden will look. Thanks for reading! - Alan