Enough Winter, Let’s Start Gardening Now!

It’s been winter for quite awhile here in New England and it’s easy to go stir crazy with the cold, gray days. We all need something positive to look forward to – to dream about. This is the time of year to plan the garden. Visions of little bright green seedlings, rain showers, rainbows, fragrant blooms and buzzing bees can make anyone happy – well, unless you have allergies………or you hate plants. If you do, then this blog post is not for you (or maybe I will change your mind)!

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Many avid gardeners and seed starters are already waist deep into this magical part of the year – mail order seeds have arrived, been planted and many have begun to germinate and grow. Such impressive planning goes into seed selection and indoor sowing, but I am not that organized. I practice what I like to call, ‘lazy gardening’. But, hey, it’s still gives me something to dream about.

Let’s be honest, when you put in all the work to plan, plant, water, weed and care for your plants, you expect something of equal value out of it…..a big green pepper, a bright red strawberry, a fragrant bouquet or a round head of red cabbage. Whatever you plan to grow, the love and care you put into it is what you get out of it. Sowing seeds early and indoors means an earlier harvest. Waiting for outdoor sowing means a later harvest. But, this doesn’t mean it’s better or worse to start your seeds indoors. It’s all about what makes you happy. So, go ahead and dream.

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Here are some places to find inspiration, motivation and smiles:

  • Pinterest – landscaping, seed starting, design, structures and companion planting ideas and visuals are a plethora on Pinterest. I have several gardening boards!
  • Local book stores – they are putting out gardening and summer books right about now, so go buy yourself an iced coffee and sit and get inspired!
  • Royal Horticultural Society – folks – this website is chock full of ideas it caused me to go into a frenzy. Bookmark it so you don’t overwhelm yourself.
  • Tiny Farm Blog – ahhhhhh I want to live on this tiny farm. Just imagine what you could grow with a couple acres…
  • Broadfork Farm  – they are a couple of veggie and flower farmers up in Nova Scotia that focus on soil health, biodiversity and seed saving.
  • Farming My Backyard  – this is one of my favorites because she only farms on 1/10th of an acre. If she can do it, so can I! Chock full of a variety of advice.

Plants are living things and you can’t just ‘fix it and forget it’. Besides, part of the love affair with growing your own plants is in the wonder of what they will become. So go ahead and check on them daily to tend to their needs, water them and make sure they are getting enough light and fresh air and maybe sing the occasional song to them. (hey, you never know!?) Go get some inspiration from these sites and start yourself a little folder, journal or Pinterest board to help get you out of the gray, winter doldrums. Or cut photos out of magazines and create a garden vision board!

Until Spring comes, we dream and we plan. XOXO

2 Comments on “Enough Winter, Let’s Start Gardening Now!

  1. I can’t wait! Already buying seeds and planning where to put things.

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