New Year, New Garden: Planning For Spring
New Year’s is the time to reflect on your completed gardening. What plants bloomed most beautifully? What techniques could stand to be improved? We will go through the most important things to learn from last year and plan for next year’s garden.
What Worked? What Did Not?
Keeping detailed notes of your produce will allow you to track performance year-to-year and make improvements. We recommend tracking the plants, produce and methods used through the gardening season.
The following questions may give you ideas for this upcoming year:
Which plants had trouble adapting to your soil or climate? Which produced the most? Which gardening techniques were helpful and which were a waste of time? Did you like the appearance of your garden, and was it easy to navigate?
Take inventory of the seeds, bulbs, tools and fertilizer you will need to start the year. You want to be ready when stores begin stocking for spring to have the best pick of plants and supplies.
Planning Your Spring Garden
The earliest step to planning for spring is planting your bulbs in the fall. Now that you have a break in gardening seasons, you can plan the rest of your spring garden in full detail. Aside from bulbs, you will need to decide what seeded plants, shrubs and decorations you want to include to spice up your garden. You can take it even further and plan for any holidays, like Halloween or Easter, deciding which plants will add that burst of seasonal spirit!
Every year in the garden provides you with an opportunity to learn and grow. As you reflect on this past year, remember what worked and the things that challenged you to become a better gardener!
Happy New Year!