Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By Off The Grid News
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

4 Easy Winter Tasks For An Abundant Spring Garden

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Spring Garden

When looking out over a snow-covered yard, the last thing you will probably think about is gardening.

Winter, however, is a wonderful time to start planning for your spring vegetable garden. You can look at what you have and decide if you want to keep it as it is, or try a new herb or vegetable. Not only does the winter give you time to plan, but also to learn about new types of plants. Winter gives you a good time to look at your yard area and decide how to set the garden up, where each plant will go, and what types of vegetables, herbs or companion plants you want to grow.

Whether you wish to have a tiny herb garden or a much larger vegetable garden, preparation is key to success. The more prepared you are, the more rewarding and fun it will be for you. Gardens provide freshness and color not only to your yard, but to your life. Although gardening does involve some hard work, having good healthy fun is the most important idea. Here are a few steps to help you prepare during the cold months:


The first step to planning your spring garden: Review what last year’s garden was like. Look at what worked well and what didn’t. This is also where you can think about what plants you had an abundance of, and those that didn’t grow well. If the reason for failure was fixable, now is the time to plan that solution. Review the frost dates in your region. This will help you decide what plants to choose. Adjust the size of your garden to something you can handle and decide on the layout. Sometimes using a notebook is handy and easy to refer to if you have new ideas or forget something. Write down where the sun is throughout the day. This will help when you decide where to put your garden, and where certain plants will grow the best.

New Natural Fertilizer Doubles Garden Production!


Next, it is time to actually draw a diagram. Draw your garden, and label the areas you wish to plant certain herbs or vegetables. Keep in mind the spacing of seeds, the size of growing and mature plants, and the rotation of crops. A traditional way to plant a garden is to divide it into three or four plots. This will make it easy to rotate and organize. The sections are usually brassicas (which are cabbages, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, for example), root crops (carrots, beets, potatoes and parsnips), and legumes (beans, peas). The fourth part can be your choice or left empty. Perhaps you would like to use that last section for herbs. Rotating your plants every few (three or four) years prevents pests and diseases from taking a foothold in your garden. Once this is done, look at your list and see which plants are needed to start inside or outside, and when. Record this in your notebook and use it as reference when needed.

spring garden


When you have a solid garden plan, you can always check over your gardening tools. Have them repaired before spring if possible. Find supplies you will need and have them stocked. This is the time to order seeds or plants. Also, it’s a great time to go to home and garden shows and visit botanical gardens. Look through some gardening magazines and expand your green thumb knowledge.

Use The Secrets Of Sea Minerals To Get More Nutritionally Dense Food


If you are able to see your garden plot (i.e., if it’s not covered with snow), winter is a good time to remove stones and look at the soil. Soil is important no matter what season it is. Winter is a good time to take care of it so it is ready to go in the spring. Grab a shovel and turn over the top six to 12 inches of soil. Next, take organic material, either leaves or manure (you may have to buy from a store), and put it on top. Once the soil is dry in the spring, grab your shovel and break it down again, until it is fine.

At this time of year, you can also experiment with different types of composting. Worm composting doesn’t take much room and can be used for the organic material needed for the soil. Search out any local farmers with aged manure; most are willing to sell or even let you take it for free.

Planning your spring garden now will also give you something to look forward to on those cold, wintry days. Planning ahead will save you time and hard-earned money. Remember, besides crop planning, you can also join gardening groups, either in person or online. It is a wonderful way to get ideas and participate in garden brainstorming, whether it be discovering new types of plants … or even deciding where to put that garden gnome! 

What are some ways you get your spring garden ready, during winter? Share your tips in the section below:

The post 4 Easy Winter Tasks For An Abundant Spring Garden appeared first on Off The Grid News.


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 866-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation.

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)

Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen!

Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.

Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%! (See Video).

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.