Shorewest Shares: 13 Ways to Prepare Your Garden When It’s Still Winter

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Although there’s still snow on the ground, spring is nearing! It might be hard to think about your garden now, but it’s the perfect time to plan. Each vegetable grows better at a different temperature, allowing your growing season to be extended. Here are 13 ways to prepare your garden when it’s still winter:

1. Order seed catalogs. This is perfect if you’re a first-time gardener, or even a seasoned pro. You can choose what you want to plant, based on your space and the attention the seeds need.

2. Decide your technique. If you don’t have a lot of space, you might need to build a vertical growing frame. If you want to extend your growing season, you might need to build a cold frame. Plan ahead and build according to your goal.

3. Plan where each seed will be planted.

4. Test the germination of any seeds you have now. Germination is the ability of the seed to sprout.

5. Plan for the plants that take the longest to mature. A tree takes the longest time to mature and will also be there the longest — so plant them first! Move on to bushes and herbs, and finish with potted plants.

6. What works well together? When planning your garden, you need to know what plants work well together. Are there any plants that cannot coexist? How will planting these affect other plants nearby?

7. Decide what you want. What vegetable do you eat the most of? What have you grown that you have had to give away? Determining your favorites, and your least favorites, will help you decide if it’s worth planting.

8. Child friendly planting. If you have children, do they want to get involved? If so, leave a small space open in the garden for them to plant their own garden.

9. Check your grow zone. Each county has a different grow zone. Find yours at

10. Check weeds/pests in your area. Based on your grow zone, certain plants will grow fast, like weeds, if not contained.

11. Check the visibility. If you see signs of soil erosion, you will need to start planning on how to fix it now. If you can see roots, your home’s foundation, a pathway, or anything else, call a professional.

12. Plan for melting snow. Wherever the snow and ice melt first will determine what spots receive more sunlight.

13. Start indoors. You can start planting indoors and then transfer outside.

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