4 steps to get your garden ready now
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Yes, I know, it’s only February 5th, but now is the time to start thinking about getting your garden ready, depending on what zone you live in. I live in zone 8, North Texas, so I have already started some seeds indoors.
Start your seeds indoors
I have started my tomatoes and spaghetti squash seeds already. The best time to start your seeds is to find what zone you live in, and what your approximate last frost date is. Just count backwards from that date, and start your seeds. Depending on what you plant, different seeds need different lengths of time before planting outside. Some seeds should be planted directly outside, in your garden. My last frost date is around the middle of March, and the suggested time to start my tomato and spaghetti squash seeds said 6 weeks prior to transplanting outside. I may keep my tomatoes inside a little longer, to make sure the last of the cold weather is gone.
Where do I get my seeds?
All my seeds come from seedsnow.com. I only plant non-GMO and heirloom seeds, and they have a huge selection. I have never had any problems with them, and they always send a free, sample seed packet with all their orders. This company dates all their seed packets when the seeds were tested, and even states the germination %, purity %, and how many days to sprout.
Getting your garden ready
While you are waiting for your seeds to grow, and for winter to go away, you can take steps to get your outdoor garden ready. You need to decide if you are planting directly into the ground or using raised beds. I used raised beds, and bought them at Home Depot. It was easy to assemble. I put a layer of cardboard (to help keeps weeds out and to compost), then a layer of mulch. Finally, I added soil along with compost material. I also ran string across my raised bed, and made 1-foot squares within each bed (square-foot gardening).
Is your compost started?
This is the time to get your compost ready, while waiting for your seeds to sprout. I have a kitchen compost bin, along with a bin near my garden. Your outside bin needs to be turned every couple of days, so I bought one that is round and is easy to turn. It’s black plastic, so the sun gives it the heat it needs to turn scraps to soil. Don’t forget to add your compost starter.
That’s it! With a little elbow grease and some preparation, you should have a successful, organic garden all summer long (and maybe even into the fall).