Though there are still a few nippy winds, snow and bits of harsh weather left in the month of March, to have a successful garden you should start growing things now.
Though there are still a few nippy winds, snow and bits of harsh weather left in the month of March, to have a successful garden you should start growing things now. You can begin by growing seeds in small pots in your house. By starting to grow things in March, you can leave yourself room for error, plus your plants will have grown large enough for you to move outside when the weather begins to get warmer.
You will need:~ A large planting tray divided into sections, small cups, or mini planting pots~ Seeds–keep the packets~ Somewhere to transplant the seeds~ A water-filled bottle~ A fork or small shovel~ A sunlit place (according to plant types) AWAY from animals to keep your plants~ Potting soil (unless the pot or tray comes with dirt)~ Something to label your seeds with (toothpicks and paper will do)~ A chart to plot the seeds' locations (optional)~ A towel to help with the mess (unless you're working outside)
The Steps for Beginning your own Garden:
1. Place the towel on your workspace, then put everything else on top.
2. Put a bit of water on the dirt, so it's damp.
3. Plant your seeds inside the tray, pots, or plastic cups according to the directions on the packets.
4. Each time you plant a seed, label it with a paper mounted on a toothpick. If you made a chart, plot it there, too.
5. Place your pots, cups, or tray in the sunny spot.
6. Water your plants as frequently and thoroughly as suggested on the packets.
7. When your plants are big enough, transplant them outdoors or in a bigger pot.Remember to check on your plants every day–you never know when you might see something grow
*I've found that buying "already started" plants from the gardening section at the store is effective, but it feels better to start your own plants.*However small those tiny seeds may appear from the start, I recommend giving them the room suggested on the packet. Last year I had too many plants and too little room!*Having a variety of plants and lots of them helps in case a few of your "crops" fail.
*Make sure you grow your seeds around the time of year suggested (you don't want them to perish in the cold months).