Tips to Prepare Your Plot for Planting
Even though the ground is still covered with snow and we have not seen a single chirping bird since October, gardeners are itching to get outside and plant their spring plots. It may still be too cold to start the garden, but that does not mean it is too early to start planning for it. By doing some small things now, planting your garden when the weather is warmer will be quicker and easier.
Start Composting Now
If you are not composting yet, you should be. Although it is possible to purchase compost creating it in the backyard can be more effective than even the highest quality products, not to mention it helps save money and recycle food and plant waste. To start, find a flat area near the garden or planting plot to start composting. All that is needed for this process is open air, fresh material and a container. The air will break down all the material that is being collected and it will be ready for composting come spring.
Prepare Soil as Much as Possible
Although snow is still on the ground in most areas of the country, colder days are started to become intermitted with warmer weather. On these days, get out into the gardening area and start breaking up and preparing the soil. When the ground really starts to defrost, get out the tiller and begin aerating the soil and working in fresh compost and manure. Doing this ahead of time will help cut down on preparations and have the soil in perfect condition to grow healthy vegetables and flowers. Some people have even been known to throw down a layer of grass seed on top of the snow to let it melt down into the lawn.
Organize Gardening Tools
Digging through the garage or shed to find all the gardening tools is pain when you are excited to finally begin planting. To help alleviate the scavenger hunt for the shovel and hoe, gather tools ahead of time and get them in one central location. Also, clean the tools and make sure they are in good working condition – inspect handles and metal areas to make sure they are not damaged or worn to badly. Having all the tools available when it is time to plant will make the experience much more enjoyable.
Garden enthusiasts have been waiting, and will probably continue to wait, for warmer weather to come around so they can get outside and start planting. When the excitement becomes too much to bare, start prepping ahead of time to make planting that much easier and more enjoyable when it is finally time to get the seeds in the ground!