It’s still snowing, and there’s likely plenty more on the way. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about your garden for 2015. There are plenty of things you can do to get ready for May plantings now so you won’t feel rushed as the days grow longer and your need to get out in the yard becomes greater.
· Make a plan – figure out what you want to do in the garden this year – add a small vegetable garden? Expand the one you already have? Plant a new tree or two? Start a perennial shade garden? Whether you’re getting prices or drawing diagrams, now is the perfect time to get excited about what lies ahead.
· Order plants and seeds – if you’re the kind of gardener who likes trying new varieties and unique plants (that’s me!), check out some of the online catalogs and mail order catalogs for new seeds, hybrids and plants to get inspired.
· Think about adding garden art to your garden – Buffalo is BIG on garden art – you see it at art festivals, and there’s even a sale dedicated to garden art during the National Garden Festival – and it adds a touch of whimsy to any garden, large or small. Whether you go online to Pinterest or other sites to find inspiration, or visit one of the hobby and craft stores in the area (JoAnn’s, Michael’s or Hobby Lobby), you’ll see that there’s lots of garden-related items on sale already.
· Walk around your yard – I know, not the most fun thing to do when its 2-degrees and there’s a six-inch snow pack on the ground, but if you’re daring, or when it warms up, take a walk around the yard and look for damage, downed tree limbs, critter activity and the like. If you can get out when you can see the ground, start to envision where you might want to put that new garden, and assess things like how level the area is and how much room you really have.
Have fun planning your garden!
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