You are anxiously awaiting springtime when you can begin spending much of your time in your garden. You can’t wait to see your yard come alive with leaves, grass, and beautiful flowers again and are watching your calendar for the days when you can begin to plant your special seeds and seedlings.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait to begin your garden preparation. There are several tasks that can be begun as winter fades. These may include the following projects:
Start New Plants Indoors
If you are really anxious about starting your garden, begin planting some of your flower and vegetable seeds inside in small pots or even cardboard egg cartons. Flowers that do very well include varieties such as marigolds, zinnias, coleus, and petunias. Vegetables that can be started effectively inside include tomatoes, melons, peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower. You will be able to enjoy colorful blooms and the fruits of your labor so much sooner.
Prep the Area and Equipment
Survey your yard and garden and decide on the projects that can be done to prepare the outdoors for spring. Build new flowerbeds and raised vegetable beds, rake the yard if the snow is gone, and arrange to have your trees trimmed and your shrubs pruned by professionals like Shchulhoff Tree & Lawn Care, Inc. Check your lawnmower and tiller to ensure that they are in good working condition and ready to go. Shop for items you know you will need when it is warm enough to begin gardening. These could include new hoes, hoses, rakes, trowels, and gardening gloves. Stock up on fertilizers and insecticides before the store supplies run low.
Start a Compost Pile
Composting is an inexpensive and effective way to provide nutrients to your budding plants and give them a head start to becoming healthy and strong. Save all of your kitchen vegetable and fruit scraps, leaves, wood ash, coffee grounds, pine needles, grass clippings, egg shells, small pieces of bark, and tea bags. Place them in a compost bin and allow the items to break down slowly. Turn the compost occasionally with a pitchfork so that the items break down evenly and effectively.
Working in your garden is a relaxing and fulfilling pastime. You love to see plants push their way up through the warm soil to become gorgeous flowers or tasty fruits and vegetables. Getting ahead of the game will just make the prospective garden much more of a reality for you before the weather warms and spring even arrives.