Believe it or not, winter is ending soon, which means the time is ripe to get our plans in order for this year’s garden, whether you’re dreaming of a bounty of vegetables, a balcony of colorful flowers, or some other sort of outdoor oasis. Here are our top 10 get-ready-to-garden tips.
The savviest gardeners have probably already made their plans, but it’s not too late for the rest of us. With gardening, timing is almost everything, so start as soon as you can to take advantage of the long growing season up ahead.
10. Start Seeds Indoors
Depending on what you want to plant and where you live, this advice might be too late (but you can try to play catchup or save it for next year!). Starting seeds indoors gives you a leg up on the growing season and is cheaper than buying starter plants. Previously mentioned All Things Plants will tell you when to start seeds indoors or plant them in the ground directly based on your area’s last frost date. (While you’re at it, convert coffee grounds into starter pots for planting, and be gentle with your seedlings by spritzing them instead of pouring water on them. They’re just babies, after all. Protect them when you plant them outdoors with old paper towel rolls.)
9. Sharpen Your Tools
As with cooking tools, home improvement tools, and most other tools, the sharper the better. Get your pruning shears, shovels, and other tools in shape before you have to use them and you’ll save time and effort in the long run. Even the lawn mower blade could use some sharpening and a tuneup. Bonus tip: Take care of your garden tools after each use and they’ll stay in good shape for years to come.