Get a Jump Start on the Growing Season!
With a new year just around the corner, I’m willing to bet that some of you are making resolutions and gearing up for the great year ahead.
Part of those preparations may include planning your spring garden, and if that’s the case, be sure to check out these tips and tools to help you make the garden of your dreams into a reality.
1. With so many seed companies available, finding the best and most sustainable companies can be a feat. Luckily, you need look no further — these best vegetable seed companies were rated by Mother Earth News readers based on value, performance, ethics and fun. You can order from these companies knowing that the seeds will be high-quality. And if you take a look through those rated companies and still can’t find what you need, check out this directory of companies offering mail-order seeds and plants or search this custom seed-company search tool by plant variety to pin down a place where you can order your desired crops.
2. After you’ve ordered and received your seed packets, consider starting seeds indoors — this will help you save money on vegetable seedlings and grow superior varieties. In areas where growing seasons are short, it will also help the crops that require an indoor head start to reach maturity. By taking these tips into account, you can get an early start on your garden as well as overcome some of the problems that pop up when starting seeds indoors.
3. You’ve ordered and started your seeds, but you don’t have to take a break while you wait for nice weather — instead, tap into these technological tools to plan your perfect garden. The Vegetable Garden Planner allows you to create your garden layout, add crops from an extensive list, and get a list of customized planting dates that are based on your ZIP code. This online gallery of garden plans gives lots of examples of what the Planner can help you design — and if you have an iPad, the Grow Planner will offer all the same great features, just on a different platform.
4. Most importantly, have fun! There’s nothing quite like looking ahead to a fresh start, and these tips will help you be all the more prepared when you’re ready to dig your hands into the dirt. And once you’ve chosen the crops you want to grow, check out this crop-by-crop guide to growing organic vegetables and fruits, which will explain how to plant, when to plant, best harvest practices, how to save seeds, and how to deal with common pests and diseases naturally.
If you have other suggestions for getting a jump start on the growing season, feel free to share them below. Happy New Year!
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