Prepare for spring: Get an early start to gardening

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Prepare for spring: Get an early start to gardening - The Hot Mess Press

If you’re going to plant a vegetable garden this spring, planning ahead can help you be more successful. If this growing season is anything like last year, it means you need to order seeds and supplies early. The pandemic of 2020 caused many people to find new hobbies, including gardening. Growing and harvesting your own food provides a sense of accomplishment. Plus, it saves money. Seeds are cheap and they can provide you with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables from spring until fall. Prepare for spring by getting a headstart on your gardening plans.

Order your seeds now

January and early February are the ideal times to order your seeds and gardening supplies. Many people don’t begin to think about planting their gardens until the weather starts to warm up. But if you have your seeds early, you can start plants indoors so you can harvest early and often. There are plenty of options when it comes to places to buy seeds. Your local farm or garden store likely has plenty of seeds and they can offer your advice on what works well in your area. There are also many online places like neseed.com to order seeds. They have good prices and lots to choose from. Know your growing zone so you can understand when to plant and when to harvest.

Early planning leads to success

We didn’t plan on growing a garden last year but the pandemic meant we had plenty of time. Our little container garden gave us something to do and provided us with pounds of tomatoes, tomatillos, and other vegetables. Not everything was successful but vegetable gardening is a learning process. If you start your seeds early, you can have them ready to put outdoors once the threat of frost has passed. Read up on which types of seeds thrive when started indoors. Some vegetables don’t do well as transplants. There are particular ways to harden off certain types of seedlings before transplanting outdoors. This helps them grow healthy. If you’re new to gardening, it helps to do your research early so you’re prepared.

It’s time to prepare for spring by planning your vegetable garden. Know your growing zone so you can choose the best seeds and plants for your climate. Order seeds and supplies early in case there are shortages like last year. Even if you have limited space, you can do a container garden. Grow bags, raised beds, and 5-gallon buckets work well when you don’t have room for a large garden. Plus, they are easier to care for when it comes to weeding and watering. Growing your own produce is a learning experience and it’s a fun activity that your whole family can enjoy.

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