With our most recent March snowstorm, thinking about our spring and summer gardens might not be the most important project on our minds. However, snowy, cold, late winter days are perfect times to start planning for your best garden ever. You can start getting your garden ready today!
It starts with creating your garden plan. I like doing mine on graph paper so as to plan my garden to scale.
Next, it’s time to order seeds and get ready to start them indoors or make a list of the number of plants you will need per your garden plan. Once the weather breaks, it’s time to clean the garden of any debris that accumulated during winter. That’s exactly where garden pests like to hang out. As soon as the garden can be worked, start tilling the soil, while adding a generous amount of compost just before you till. All plants love and benefit from a good dose of compost every year.
Next, start planting as soon as weather permits – peas go in first for me, followed by other cold crops like broccoli, kale, lettuce, cabbage, etc.
Then as soon as the ground warms up, you can add your favorite warm weather plants like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, etc.Remember, keep your garden clean and keep your plants watered and fed. A happy plant makes for a happy and productive garden!
Hope to see you at one of our seed starting or veggie programs this year. Check out our seminars and events page for more details.