‘Plan the garden of your dreams!’

If you are anxiously awaiting the growing season, use your time wisely by planning your upcoming spring garden now.

Select your site.

Whether planting vegetables, herbs or flowers, you should consider these factors:

– Sunlight. Select a space that receives an ample amount of sunlight. While some leafy vegetables thrive with less light, most flowering plants need at least six hours of sunlight a day.

– Water availability. Although some rely on rain to irrigate their gardens, make sure yours is near a reliable water source, like a spigot or hose.

– Proximity to trees. Give your garden a fighting chance by placing your plants 20-40 feet away from trees. Not only do trees cast speckled shadows, but they also compete with plants for water and nutrients.

How will your garden grow?

If you are unable to find enough gardening space, here are a couple other ways you can grow a garden.

– Raised bed garden. Unlike traditional garden beds, raised beds can be elevated anywhere from six inches to two feet off the ground. By filling raised beds with nutrient-rich soil and fresh compost, you will be able to grow carrots, cabbage and other deep-rooting plants with ease.

– Container garden. If you live in a small apartment or condominium, you can exercise your green thumb by creating container gardens. With a healthy smattering of soil, sunlight and water, you can grow juicy tomatoes, sweet strawberries or spicy peppers virtually anywhere.

Choose your seeds

Research what grows best in your region. Ask your friends and neighbors about their past gardening experiences. Which plants thrive in their gardens? The more information you have, the more success you will have.

Plan it on paper

Prevent overcrowding your garden by mapping it out on paper first. Create a rough outline by noting nearby trees, shrubs and possible garden pathways. Fill in the vacant space with rows of vegetables, herbs and flowers, leaving enough room in between for each plant to grow. Use a garden calendar to keep track of everything from planting dates to everyday tasks.

– Source: Menards