Spring may seem like it’s a long way off when it’s cold outside. There are still things that you can do in order to prepare for spring planting. Here are some of the things that you can do to get started off on the right foot this spring.
Map It Out
Decide on the locations that you want to plant your garden. Start by drawing a diagram based on the amount of sun and water that each location will receive. This will give you a good idea about the types of plants that will thrive in each location. Consider using stakes and mapping it out in a more visual manner. This will also help you to determine the appropriate amount of space that you’ll require between each type of plant.
Start Your Seedlings
Just because the plants aren’t ready to go outside yet doesn’t mean that you have to wait on getting them started. Old cardboard egg cartons are perfect for starting your spring plantings. The benefit of this type of container is that it provides the new plant with adequate room to grow and establish its root structure. Another benefit of using the cardboard is that you can cut it apart from the rest and simply place the whole container into the ground.
Prep the Soil
Getting the soil ready for your seedlings is another important step to take. You can do this by tilling up or loosening the soil so that it will be easier to work in the spring. You don’t want your new seedlings to struggle to grow their roots once they’ve been transplanted. Using organic fertilizer will also ensure that your seedlings get off to a good start. This will give them the extra boost that they need in order to thrive in your garden.
Verify Your Dates
Different plants are rated for different zones according to the USDA. Verify the hardiness level of your plants and determine the appropriate time to transition them outdoors. This will ensure that they can establish themselves without you having to start over again. Some areas of the country are more prone to late freezes than others. This can prove to be detrimental to sensitive plants. Make sure that you have the right types of plants for your climate.
Think of the winter months as an opportunity to get your garden ready for spring planting. Use these tips to help you prepare for all that your spring planting has to offer.