Full disclosure: I live in eastern Ontario. Above is a photo of part of my garden as it looks today. Congratulations to those of you who have graduated to spring. We are in for another couple months of winter.
If you are new to gardening, and you can’t find your backyard under the snow, you can always do some plan(n/t)ing of another sort:
- Determine what your plant hardiness zone is.
- Figure out what kind of soil you have.
- Evaluate the areas you want to plant in, and note whether they have full or partial sun, or are mostly in shade.
- Determine if any of the existing structures on your property can be used by climbing plants such as beans and cucumbers, or if you want to build or procure some trellises, planters, or similar structures.
Use the above criteria to figure out what kinds of plants you can and want to grow.
- Get seeds!
- Start seedlings. If you need to extend your growing season, you can start seeds indoors a set number of weeks ahead of the expected last frost date so that they’ll be robust and ready to be planted when the danger of frost has passed.
- Plan the layout of your garden. Some types of plants don’t make good neighbours. Others compliment each other and help ward off pests.
This is just an overview. We’ll describe each of these subjects in more detail later. Did I forget anything? If so, let me know in the comments below.