3 Things to Do Before Planting
After a long, hard winter, I feel this desperate need to get outside and get my hands dirty. The problem? For my area, it's too early. I live in Zone 7, where we are advised to not plant before April 15, as that is typically the last frost of the season. To check your zone, click here and enter your zip code.
Since we are still in danger of frost and possible snow flurries (ugh! so over winter!), here's what I'm doing while I wait for the magical date for safe planting of tender plants.
1. Make a plan. Plan out your garden(s). Research plants you want and create a timeline. Use this tool from Gardener's Supply to create your raised vegetable garden. Or this tool from Better Homes and Gardens to plan your flower garden.
2. Purchase seeds and start them inside in a sunny location. This way when they are seedlings, past the last frost guidelines, you can move them to a cold frame to harden off before getting them in the ground. Here's a great site called SeedSavers which carries heirloom, preservation and non-GMO seeds. Order bare root plants or live plants and the companies will send them when it's the right time to plant for your area. Better yet, plant native plants which will grow better and support indigenous birds and insects. Find a local native plant seller and guide by clicking this link.
3. Spread compost and turn the soil. You can prepare the garden by taking your prepared compost and turning the soil, integrating the nutrient rich materials and aerating. This link is a guide to raised bed gardening and preparing the beds before planting.
Doing these small things now will make your planting all the more enjoyable when the weather is warm. Ready, set, plant!
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