Winter has come...
...And with that comes a new stage for your garden. It doesn't matter if you're starting a garden, or
are a veteran of many crops, with winter comes planning.
Some of you, may have the geographic location or the means to have a winter vegetable garden. If that's you, great.
Maybe you are brand new to this...
...and aren't sure where to get started.
This article is going to focus on the individuals starting a survival garden who won't be working the soil for the next few months.
I recommend that when growing gardens, winter is a great time to start. It's not a must... but it will definitely help you in the long run.
Since winter time is when many people (past and present) keep indoors mostly; due to the cold climate. You want to use this time as much as you can to get the planning stages locked down for a good planting season come spring.
To use the winter wisely you should work on a few things:
Reflect - Sometimes certain plants don't perform as well. Maybe you planted too many varieties. Look at what went well/wrong and come up with better choices for the new year.
Prepare - Other than harvesting this is the most fun in my opinion. This is where you get to choose what you're going to grow in the spring. Go through your seed catalogs and make your list.
Design - This is when you take your reflections, and your preparations and put it into a new small garden design. Know what your garden will look like before the spade hits the dirt.
The biggest take away
Is to figure out you plan of attack now. I've started gardens in the past with no clue of what I was going to plant and where I was going to plant it.
When I went that route, I ended up spending more money than I should've and wasted most of it because I didn't end up growing half of what I wanted to.
Take this lesson from me, it doesn't matter if you're going to grow an herb garden, bamboo garden of even a secret garden (side note... I like that movie) planning ahead will same you time, grief, and money.
If you're still not sure where to start, I recommend figuring out what you want first. Do you want fresh salsa? Maybe you want to off set some grocery costs buy growing some fresh produce?
Do you want to trade with your neighbors? Figuring this out first is a good starting point.
Next, I recommend starting small. See what you're capable of and then build from there.
I just recently moved into a new home so I do not have an established garden.
The idealist in me wants to buy every seed under the sun and figure out a way to grow everything.
That would set me up for failure though.
So, knowing what I'm already capable of, I'm going to start buy growing a small salsa garden.
If you too are interested in growing produce to make your own salsa, check out the article review I did here.
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