Nine Tips to Get Ready for Spring Gardening
Seed catalogs are arriving and spring fever is taking over. You’re ready to get outside and get some dirt under your nails after thumbing through those colorful seed catalogs. Alas, after looking out the window or walking outdoors, you realize there is no way that spring is close.
So, what do you do to chase away those can’t-garden blues? My gardener husband, Gardener Ted aka GT, shares these tips to get ready for spring.
1. Clean out pots/containers that you will need for transplanting.
2. Inventory for transplanting–such as seed-starting soil, ingredients for mixing soil, cell packs, warming mats, lights.
5. Inventory seeds left from last year (and pitch the way out-of-date seeds.) Make a list of the ones you will need for the garden you are planning this year.
6. Look over your journal from last year and make notes for improving this year’s garden. If you didn’t keep a journal, look into ways of keeping one for this coming year. It can be a spiral book for jotting notes or something you use online. Decide what will work best for you.
7. Go through photos from last year and organize them into digital folders that make sense. Group photos of the tomatoes in one, beans in another, etc. You may even want to play with making a movie of your garden using PowerPoint or other programs.
8. Look for and organize recipes you want to try this year using your fresh garden produce
9. The last option is to watch YouTube gardeners to discover new plants, new technology and innovative methods in growing vegetables.
Before you know it you will be out in the dirt again. Oh, maybe you should add to the list–buy some Ben Gay and a hot pad for your aching back. Happy Gardening!!
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