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Preparing Your Garden for Spring - even if it's still winter!

I saw something very exciting at the grocery store over the weekend: a display of seed packets!  We're stuck here in the teens in Massachusetts, but the display of seed packets was like seeing a little ray of sunshine - right there in Stop & Shop!  Seed packets for sale can only mean one thing...spring is in the foreseeable future!

Even though it's nowhere near spring in many parts of the U.S., thinking about your garden is definitely a reality.  

How can you get your garden ready even if it's still winter?

1.  Learn when you should start seedlings indoors.  This gardening guide can help you figure out when you can start your seedlings inside, depending on which Hardiness Zone you live in.   I actually learned that we can start our seeds earlier than I anticipated, in less than two months!  For those in warmer climates, you can start your seedlings now!

2.  If you're not already, start composting!  You can compost in the winter.  Setup an outdoor area for composting and get started.  

3.  Collect containers to start seedlings.  Egg cartons, yogurt containers, and single servings of applesauce or diced fruit all work well for seedling containers.  If your office uses a Keurig (and the K-cup's wastefulness drives me crazy!) those little cups can be good for starting seedlings.  I love reusing containers for this purpose because it's a great way to give these containers a second life before they go off to the recycling center.   

4.   Plan your garden.  Decide what you want to grow this year and where.   Burpee Seeds currently offers free organic plant food with any $30 order.  If heirloom seeds are your thing, check out Baker Creek.    For organic, Seeds of Change has a huge selection.  

5.   Start looking through seed catalogs/websites and order your seeds.   Also, stock up on any other gardeing tools you need.



I usually do my garden

I usually do my garden planning within the last week of winter. It pays to know what to plant in your garden so that when the snow melts, you can make use of the highly fertilized ground to grow your flowers. There are also some plants that you can grow indoors in winter, but that would need another article.

Derek -

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