When you live somewhere that receives snow during the winter, it’s easy to get cabin fever and be eager for spring gardening. Fortunately, you can help drive away those winter blues by planning your garden even if there’s snow on the ground or it’s a blizzard outside. Winter garden planning now gives you a head start on this year’s garden and can help you see beyond the snow and cold and into the green and thriving.
Find Inspiration for Your Winter Garden Planning
Flipping through gardening catalogs and checking your favorite gardening websites is a great way to find inspiration for your warm-weather gardening. Visit any indoor gardening shows your area offers or indoor gardens open year-round for additional inspiration. Once you have some interesting ideas that have you seeing green gardens instead of snowy fields, it’s time to focus on pertinent details from last year’s garden.
Evaluating the Garden’s Success
Even experienced gardeners have issues with their vegetables and flowers occasionally. It’s important to take any gardening missteps or miscalculations as a chance to learn and not view them as failures. Think back to last year’s garden and evaluate what worked well and what needed some more help. If some of your bulbs failed to come up, try to figure out why before planting more. If you found yourself with an oversupply of certain vegetables no one ate, re-examine your selections. When your favorite new plant just didn’t thrive as you hoped, consider relocating it to a better environment.
Find Potential Beneath the Snow
Hopefully, you don’t have to go outside in the snow and cold to view your garden plot but if you do, take notes on size and layout of your usual plot. When there’s nothing growing, you have a better picture of the space and structure of your gardens. Try to remember how your various flowers and vegetables grew in their spots and whether they had enough sunlight, water and shade. Make sure you match your plants to the right type of soil and shade locations to avoid the frustration of struggling or dying flowers and vegetables.
If colorful flowerbeds represent your garden of choice, think back to last year’s color combinations and consider if they worked together. Consider rearranging the color palette for greater visual appeal and incorporate plants that provide color year-round. Having flowers that bloom during different times of the year helps the garden stay vibrant through the changing weather and helps avoid changing out perennials halfway through the season.
When you start planning your garden despite the snow in the air and on the ground, you give yourself ample time to get everything right while daydreaming of warmer days. A little winter garden planning is a great to beat those cold season blues!