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Gardens: Start planning now

If you’re someone who loves to spend time in your garden during the summer, then you’re going to have to get your garden ready during the winter. Planning now will ensure that everything is sorted out, prepped and ready to go for your best summer garden ever. 

Here are some great tips and advice on what you can do to prepare your garden during the cold winter months–starting right now!

Plan your garden – While being an obvious step, it’s often overlooked by those who are trying to grow something in their garden for the first time. Why not map out the basic lines of your garden by hand? The plan doesn’t have to be 100% accurate, but the more accurate the better. Think about the flow of your garden and other things like where you are going to enjoy the best views. Identify what the most visible beds are and think about planting bulbs that will flower in different seasons. This will make you think about what you’ll need beforehand so you’re not constantly going to the garden center.

Collect your bulbs – If you’ve already successfully cultivated plants that sprout from bulbs, then you may be able to collect their descendants that have been left behind. Picking them up will prevent any “surprises” when the bulbs flower and will also save you some money as you can re-use the bulbs. There’s nothing more satisfying than using your own home grown bulbs.

Prep your beds – Once you’ve planned your garden, prepare your beds as the weather starts to clear up. This includes weeding and clearing the bed and enriching your beds with mulch. If you compost, your heap may not be fully ready for harvesting this early. Consider finding some local organic compost that will give you the best results possible. Make sure you slowly, but regularly, saturate your soil with compost. Your plants and flowers will be growing in no time at all thanks to this step in the gardening process.

Think Spring – Don’t forget, spring is just around the corner. Plant your bulbs and flowers in accordance to your new plan. If you need assistance, your local garden center is often more than happy to answer your questions.

For the rose lovers – If you’ve thought about adding a beautiful rose bush to the corner of your garden or as part of a lattice, then now is the time. Make sure it’s pruned back and provided with lots of lovely mulch to feed it.

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Vanessa Barlow works for Artscape garden design in Buckinghamshire, UK.

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4 Comments

  1. rockle

    February 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    i’ve decided to start some herb seeds in pots early in march — maybe the smell of fresh delicious chives will keep motivated to actually weed the outside beds once in a while.

  2. Jacqueline W.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Every year around this time, I have grand plans of an awesome vegetable garden. Once summer hits, it ends up being some herbs in pots. I might actually sit down and try to map out some ideas this year…even if it’s just for a container garden. Fresh veggies…MMMMM…

  3. 40MomsClub

    February 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

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  4. Just Margaret

    February 21, 2011 at 6:08 am

    Great tips! I can’t wait…I am so eager for spring and to get to work on thinning and rearranging my perennial beds. They currently reside under several feet of hard-packed snowbanks–I’ll see them in May.