If you are itching to start your spring vegetable garden but Mother Nature isn’t ready for you yet, plan your garden now for a jump-start on spring.
A bit of planning allows you to make the most of your time inside. Proper planning makes a garden much easier to start in spring and maintain through the season. Plus, as you plan your spring veggie garden, you can make sure it has all of your favorites.
But don’t get ahead of yourself! Many first-time gardeners think too big. Start small and simple. If all goes well, expand later.
How to Plan Your Spring Garden:
- Find a garden spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun each day. Keep in mind bare winter trees will shade a garden in summer.
- To make things easier, pick a spot close to the kitchen or grill and near water.
- Choose your favorite spring crops, such as broccoli, cabbage, squash, kale and peas. Then, think about the warm season crops to add later such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and more.
- Sketch your garden on paper, marking any existing structures or plants.
- Mark on the sketch when to plant seeds. Follow package instructions.
- Write down the forecasted last frost date to know when to plant seedlings. Do not plant them until after the last frost.
- Mark your sketch with the types, number of plants and how much space they’ll need. You can find this information on the back of seed packets, plant tags, or in The Home Depot Garden Club Plant Database.
- Refer back to your sketch when you’re ready to dig to remember where each plant goes.
If space is limited, prioritize. Grow vegetables you can’t find or are too expensive at the grocery store.
- Seeds to check dates