By Kristen Duever – Off The Grid News
When looking out over a snow-covered yard, the last thing you will probably think about is gardening.
Winter, however, is a wonderful time to start planning for your spring vegetable garden. You can look at what you have and decide if you want to keep it as it is, or try a new herb or vegetable. Not only does the winter give you time to plan, but also to learn about new types of plants. Winter gives you a good time to look at your yard area and decide how to set the garden up, where each plant will go, and what types of vegetables, herbs or companion plants you want to grow.
Whether you wish to have a tiny herb garden or a much larger vegetable garden, preparation is key to success. The more prepared you are, the more rewarding and fun it will be for you. Gardens provide freshness and color not only to your yard, but to your life. Although gardening does involve some hard work, having good healthy fun is the most important idea. Here are a few steps to help you prepare during the cold months:
The first step to planning your spring garden: Review what last year’s garden was like. Look at what worked well and what didn’t. This is also where you can think about what plants you had an abundance of, and those that didn’t grow well. If the reason for failure was fixable, now is the time to plan that solution. Review the frost dates in your region. This will help you decide what plants to choose. Adjust the size of your garden to something you can handle and decide on the layout. Sometimes using a notebook is handy and easy to refer to if you have new ideas or forget something. Write down where the sun is throughout the day. This will help when you decide where to put your garden, and where certain plants will grow the best.