We just got a fresh round of snow last night, so I’m itching more than ever to get started with spring activities.
It’s only March, though, and winter’s far from over for Minnesota, so starting seeds and garden planning is as close as I’m getting.
Right now, I’m in the planning stage, so I figured I’d take a look at some pointers YouTube has, and share the better ones with you.
This is a great video for my DIY veggie-loving readers. I’ve always wanted a vegetable garden, but space is a concern in my situation, since my husband doesn’t want to sacrifice grass space. Since that leaves little room for gardening, the type of garden she’s talking about isn’t for me.
However, the pointers she gives are all good ones for people with more space.
This is a lot closer to what I may end up doing, this year. I probably won’t be buying many new plants, since I already have quite a few, but I do need to update a few areas.
What the video doesn’t mention is that the plastic sheeting will eventually degrade and need to be replaced, and that certain types of mulch don’t work well with certain plants. If you’re new to gardening, do your research about the plants you have in mind before purchasing everything.
Indoor herb gardens are wonderful, and almost anyone can have one. If you have the right spot, these plants can last for a very long time.
If you have cats or other animals that might snack on them, check to see if the plants might make your critters sick. You may still be able to grow them, but you’ll just need to find a place your animal friend can’t get to.
This is an excellent video about starting seeds early. I haven’t done this in years, but once I get a list of plants I want to grow, I’ll be doing what this gent did.
So far, I know for certain that I’d like the following:
- Green and/or red peppers
I would like flowers, but I don’t know which ones just yet.
The beauty of growing herbs is how easy it is to have both an indoor and outdoor herb garden. We get lots of thyme and mint every year. Both of those herbs are wonderful dried, as well as fresh.
Each year, I dry lots of thyme, mint and catnip, so I have homegrown herbs throughout the year.
For those of you without much space, I’d also suggest looking into container gardening. That method is great for apartments with balconies, and places with short growing times, since when frosts start coming again, you can just bring your plants inside. You may be able to keep your plants growing year ’round, too.
If you enjoy gardening, or are just starting, please feel free to share your pictures!