Although it may still technically be winter, now is the time of year when you will want to think about beginning to wake your garden up for spring.
It might still be cold outside, but if you really are itching to get out to your garden, there are vegetables to be planted and chores you can do to make life easier over the next few months.
Returning to gardening after the winter break can be invigorating and fun. If you are having warm days here and there mixed with the still very cold….just do what you can on those warmer, sunny days.
It will do you good to be out in the fresh, crisp air and sunshine and your garden will love you for it.
In a few simple steps, you can both repair the damage of winter and prepare for the summer to come.
Here’s how to do it.
Step One: Thorough planning
Now is the time to think about what you might want to do with your garden over the coming year.
Are you happy just to maintain what you already have?
Do you want to plant something new, perhaps even try growing your own vegetables?
Or is a full-scale redevelopment on your mind?
When you have decided which course of action you wish to take, you can set about planning for it.
Write down a list of everything you will need to bring your vision to life, including any new tools you may need to buy, and how much time you think the work is going to take.
It’s also a good idea to think back to last year, assessing the equipment — such as your lawnmower and strimmer — and asking if it performed well.
If you think it’s time for replacements, then you will want to start researching new models among those potential replacements, too.
Step Two: Remove the signs of winter
It’s time to head into the garden and remove all the signs of winter; the leaves that have piled up, any items that have been damaged by storms or snow; and mud that has spread onto pathways.
This work should return your garden to its usual neat state, though it will still look barren due to the winter dormancy.
Step Three: Put your plans into action
You now have a blank canvas to work with; your garden is ready for the next phase of its life.
Now is the time to put your plans for the year into action, buying everything you need; buy the seeds you want to grow, or anywhere you can ensure you buy the real thing, and the usual supplies of soil and fertilizer.
How is your lawn equipment? Was your lawn mower struggling last season?
If so, perhaps you should budget for a new lawnmower from possibly an authorized Honda dealer for a new dependable mower.
With all your plans and equipment now assembled, and your garden clear of the winter debris, you’re good to go when the weather finally begins to warm.
You may have to wait a few more weeks to be able to garden outdoors in comfort, but you can be sure that you are prepared when the sun does eventually re-emerge.
You’ve done the hard work; all that’s left is pleasant days outside, transforming your garden into the delightful Eden you want it to be.