It might feel like you just put your garden to bed for the winter, but it’s time to start thinking about spring. Depending on your zone, a brand-new growing season could be just around the corner. Here’s what you need to do to get your garden ready.
Gardens Start on Paper
Moving forward into the new season with a plan in place will make all the difference. Keeping a garden journal that includes plans, ideas, and detailed notes about your plants is the best way to improve and, well, grow.
Start Buying Seeds
If you haven’t got heirloom seeds leftover from last year–or if you want to try new varieties of plants in your garden–then you need to order soon. Many smaller companies will sell out before spring, so get them while you can!
Make Design Changes
It’s easier to see the “bare bones” of your garden in winter when pretty much nothing green is blocking the view. You’ll be able to see the shapes of garden beds easier, as well as areas where you’d like to expand or change plantings.
Work on Hardscaping and Support Structures
While you’re thinking about the big picture, pay some attention to the non-plant aspects of your garden. Hardscaping–including fences, paths, and borders–might need a little TLC after winter. It’s also a good time to add new hardscaping or supports like trellises.
Now is the time to clean up your garden from the ground up. Remove any and all weeds now before they have a chance to establish themselves in the spring. Clean up leaves, old mulch, and fallen limbs if you’ve let things slide over the winter. You’ll want as close to a fresh slate as possible before you start planting for spring.
Prune Summer Bushes and Trees
While you should wait until the end of spring to prune early bloomers like azaleas and lilacs, get your shears out and start pruning your summer favorites. Anything that typically flowers in summer will be safe to prune now.
Divide Perennials, if necessary
If you have established perennials that aren’t yet blooming, go ahead and divide them as needed. You can plant the extras or give them away as you see fit–but don’t forget to water them if you decide to plant them now.
Start Seedlings Indoors
If you want to extend the growing season of certain plants–such as anything in the pepper family–then you might want to get a head start now. Use a greenhouse, if you have one, or else start seedlings indoors.