Tend Your Garden

Even if you're still buried in snow, it's a good time to start planning ahead on your garden so you can hit the ground running, er, digging when the spring thaw comes. 

Garden Planning
Garden Planning
You know what they say: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Before you do anything in the garden, make a plan, map it out and think about what you want to grow for the year. (Image via Seattle Seedling)
Seed Selecting
Seed Selecting
This is the fun part! But first, take stock of what you've got, including maybe some seeds you saved from last year, and shop or trade for the rest. (Image via Sweet Domesticity)

Seed Starting
Start your seeds off inside, where you can protect them from the elements. It pays to know when to start what, too. Don't forget to harden off! (Image via Yankee Kitchen Ninja)
Seed Starting Mix
Seed Starting Mix
Give your seedlings a leg up by mixing your own starter mix, which can contain as few as two ingredients. (Image via Sweet Domesticity)
DIY Starter Pots
DIY Starter Pots
Don't overinvest in starter pots when you can make your own from newspaper, either rolled into a simple pot, or pulped and formed. (Image via Sweet Domesticity)
Preparing the Beds
Preparing the Beds
Now that your seeds are underway, it's time to begin building out the beds. Raised beds work wonders, or try your hand at H├╝gelkultur, which uses natural materials and holds moisture better. (Image via Rake and Make)
Composting
Composting
Keep your soil nourished naturally by home composting. It's easy, and also helps reduce food waste. It's a win-win. (Image via Modern Farmer)
Planting
Planting
Time to plant! But there's more to it than just sticking seedlings in the ground. Each plant has its own needs. (Image via The Vermont Epicure)
Winterizing
Winterizing
It may be too soon to be thinking about next winter, but it's never a bad idea to be prepared so that after harvesting, you're ready to put the garden to bed for the season. (Image via Rake and Make)

 

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