Start Planning Your Garden Now

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I have a confession to make, I’m addicted to garden centers and home Improvement stores. I see flowers and it feeds my addiction to impulse buy.  I had to learn to start thinking and planning my garden before it was time for planting, my secret weapon not to impulse buy is my husband.   Start planning your garden now.

I can see spring around the corner, can you?  My bulbs are starting to pop up from the dirt, the smell of flowers in the air? I know not all of you can see or smell spring around the corner due to your climate zone, but there are a lot of us that can.  If we start thinking about our gardens now we will be able to get the most of what Mother Nature has to offer and stick to a budget.

For those who are unable to start germinating seeds outdoors due to weather you have two options, you can germinate seeds  indoors using a heating mate and / or find a spot in your yard that gets full sun and put out a cold frame.

A cold frame is a small, portable, unheated greenhouse that insulates tender plants from cold weather, allowing you to start your spring garden a few weeks early. It has a clear top that allows sunlight in to trap the heat.

In moderate climates, a cold frame can allow you to grow some herbs and vegetables year round.

Do you want to grow vegetables by seed, or buy them at the store?  Do you want to save money this year and grow your flowers from seed?  All of my friends and I have bought our seeds, we will sit outside and make seed tape to share with each other in order to stay in our budget.

Does your soil need to be amended? Turned and ready for that perfect day for planting.  Do you have a soil test kit to determine what you need to add to your soil before planting? My soil is sand, the worst because nutrients get depleted quickly, so I have built raised planters with premium soil amended and horse manure added.

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Come March when garden centers and home improvement stores are going to be putting out every thing they have.  The one thing you don’t want to do is impulse buy when you see all the pretty flowers.

I really need to own my a garden center.

Happy Gardening~


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