A New Beginning

With plants cut down to the ground and everything covered in snow, winter is often times seen as an end. While that may be true, it may also be viewed as a new beginning as winter gives us the opportunity to start again with a clean slate. Here are some things you can do to get you started on your new beginning.

1. Plan your garden.

Garden Design Blueprint Sketching

Think about how you’d like your garden to look like. Look for inspiration online and draw out your design on paper. It doesn’t need to be fancy, even a simple diagram will do to help you  visualize and plan your outdoor paradise.

And while we’re at it,

2. Think of adding feature.

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Like a statue, a fountain or even a waterfall with a mini pond. Adding in features such as these will help your garden design come together.

3. Select your plants.

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You may now also start thinking about which plants to plant in your garden. Deciding ahead of time on which plants to get will save you time, and probably money, later on.

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4. Prepare the land.

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Before the first frost sets in, make sure all plants that need to be trimmed have been trimmed down. Bring in plants that wouldn’t survive the cold weather. If you have a greenhouse, take them in to protect them from frost. Peter McHoy recommends in his book, The Complete Encyclopedia of Practical Gardening, to prepare your soil by digging it to loosen the soil if it’s needed and test it for ph levels. Preparing your land ahead of time will allow you to devote more time to attend to other matters in the garden come spring.

5. Sow summer seeds.

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If by early winter you’ve already received your seed packets, you can start sowing seeds for your summer planting. This is best for plants with a slower growing period. Peter McHoy recommends to sow them in small pots inside a propagator and transplant them when the need arises.

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