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Tips for Preparing for Spring Gardens
As this is being written, the snow if falling, the holidays are still being packed away and the yard has been an ice skating rink for weeks. Take your mind off of the cold weather, the cost of the holidays, and put yourself into the mood of summer. Summer will fast be upon us and preparing for the spring growing season now is what is going to make the difference in your success or your continued laboring in the gardens during those spring months.
Part of the fun of gardening is the creative ways that you can express yourself in your gardens. Gardens do not have to be square, but they can be round, triangular, or just about any odd shape that fits where you have the space.
Think about where you want to build a new garden or change your existing gardens. This can be along a house, around a tree, in the middle of a yard, along the driveway, along the woods or just any place in your landscape that you want to add something new. You can create a garden that you never have to work with which is the perennial gardens, a spring garden full of bulbs, or a garden of shrubbery and plants that will create a final wonderful look in your landscape.
Now that you have chosen where you want to plant you garden, you need to draw out your garden on a sheet of paper. With the correct measurements you will be able to find out how many plants, what type of plants, and exactly what you need to make this garden a success. While many beginner gardeners may feel that drawing out a garden plan, the size and the type of plants, that you are going to grow may be costly in time, the over all and final effect is going to be one where your plants grow successfully and one that you really enjoy much more.
Use your online research, the books on your shelf or your memories of another garden to plan the garden that is going to be both your favorite shape, color and it will only require as much time as you plan to put into the garden after your plants are started. Some flowers require watering, pruning, fertilizing and mulching, while others require just to be planted in a good soil and a yearly feeding.
Once you have decided where you are going to build your garden, the size of your garden, what type of garden you want, and what plants you want to grow in your garden you can move on and find the best prices on your garden seeds, plants and supplies!
December, January and February are the months that you should be ordering your seeds. This is because some seeds do sell out so fast, because some companies only ship at certain times of the year, and because this ensures delivery in time so that you have them in case the spring growing season starts earlier than the almanac might plan out.
Starting seeds in the house is not as difficult as you might think. It is important to remember that some seeds need soaked before planting, that some require very little soil, and other need very little water. Be sure to research the seeds you are planting so that every one of your little seeds will become a seedling in just a week or two! Most all plants are planted indoors about a month, sometimes two before the last frost is expected. So if you are expecting your last frost in May, you can plant your seeds indoors in the months of March and April for a great jump on garden plants.
Once your weather breaks, you can start turning the soil, planting your seeds or seedlings and then you can sit back and relax, waiting for your new gardens to grow!