The desire to get out there and start gardening strikes me without fail, every January.
I stamp out of my house, undeterred by the rock solid ground, the steam coming from my breath, or the snow drifting around me to take a look at the garden. Yes. Yes indeed it is time! I begin tugging fruitlessly at the dried tufts of yellow grass sticking up out of the snow, trying to start weeding in order to get the bed ready for spring buds.
Of course, the garden won’t really be ready for several more months. If you get the gardening blues during winter like I do though, there are plenty of things you can do to get your garden ready now.
It’s never too early to plan
Looking up new gardening methods, companion planting, or simply where you put your onions last year and whether that worked or not can keep you busy for some weeks. Detailed gardening plans can help take the edge off the desire to plant when things are still frosty cold outside.
Order your seeds now
You can often get exciting new varieties you’ve never seen or heard of through a catalog, versus running to home depot for an extra package of seeds. While brick and mortar suppliers are becoming better at bringing in things like purple broccoli or white eggplants, they probably won’t offer plant breeds specifically designed for your area. When you want bell peppers in the chilly pacific northwest though, finding a plant bread to grow here can make the difference between a great harvest and a disappointing one.
Start your warm weather crops indoors
If you have a light and a heat mat, it will probably be late enough at the end of January or early February to begin a few of your earliest hot season varieties. Taking care of these little guys can take the edge off your gardening needs, and give you that awesome head start you’ve been hoping for.
Waiting for the ground to soften enough for those first spring crops can be agonizing, but you can still get through with these tips. If you’re still hankering for gardening ideas, why not peruse the rest of our gardening articles? You may learn something new from them.