With winter still holding on, spring garden plans may be the last thing on your mind. Especially if you are digging yourself out from ice and snow. But spring is just around the corner so it’s time to start planning your garden and getting your tools ready to get digging.
There are so many great reasons to plant a garden. Not only does it encourage the whole family to get outdoors, it also beautifies your yard, is a relaxing hobby, and is a great way to teach your kids about nurturing a living thing. Plus, if you plant fruits and vegetables, you’ll save money and enjoy fresh produce all summer long.
Tips for Planning Your Spring Garden
All good garden plans start with some basic prep. Make sure your soil is ready and not saturated with rain or melted snow. If you’re not sure, try this test – squeeze a handful of soil into a ball, if it easily breaks apart when you drop it from three feet above the ground, it’s ready. It’s important to take some time to clean up and create the best environment to help your plants flourish. Prune back any wayward bushes and remove all of the dead branches. Clear dead leaves and mulch out of your flowerbeds and away from the base of trees and bushes. Then test your soil’s pH with a test kit you can pick up at most garden supply stores. Some stores will even test a sample for you.
Consider Spacing, Sunlight & Growing Times
Garden plans are essential for getting everything planted in the right light and keeping your yard looking beautiful. It’s important to think about spacing, sunlight and growing times when planning so you can put everything in the right spot. It may sound intimidating, especially if you’re new to garden planning, but there are some great online tools that make it easy to create the perfect layout.
Take Advantage of Resources
Try the Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Planner, it’s free for the first 30 days and allows you to map out your space and plan where each plant will go. It also tells you everything you need to know about each different kind of plant. You can also use their Regional Gardening Reports Zone Map to figure out when you need to get started. Better Homes & Gardens offers a similar online tool called Plan-a-Garden.
Once you’ve decided what you want to grow, you can easily get your seedlings started indoors with seed starters.
Finally, make your garden planning easier with a few Smartphone apps. Garden Plan Pro helps you plan, gives you growing advice and reminds you to care for your plants. And with Garden Compass Plant/Disease Identifier you can take a picture of your plant or a diseased area that you need to identify and their experts will tell you what it is and help you resolve any problems.
Don’t wait until spring arrives to get started. You won’t be able to enjoy your garden all summer if you do. Instead, start now and take your time plotting your garden layout and what you want to grow so you can get your seeds or seedlings planted in enough time to enjoy them all summer.
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