Spring is right around the corner and it's time to start planning a spring garden. It might seem crazy to start thinking about a garden in January, but now is the time to make sure you have everything ready and have a solid foundation to guide you as you go.
Gather Helpful Resources
January is the time to start gathering the resources that will help you as you go. There are three must-have resources that we recommend...
#1 - Baker Creek Seed Catalog - Even if you've already ordered your seeds, this catalog is a really handy visual guide with short descriptions of each plant. This will be your go-to as you dream and plan for the coming months in the garden. You can order your catalog at rareseeds.com or just browse their seed options online if you prefer.
#2 - Farmer's Almanac - Grab the new 2021 edition of the Farmer's Almanac. It is full of helpful information and even breaks down when to plant your seeds and baby plants according to the moon phases and your region.
#3 - Encyclopedia of Country Living - This book offers a wealth of information on everything from gardening to keeping animals. This is one of my must-have books for homesteaders. I reference it often and I definitely recommend it!
Order Your Seeds and Seed Starting Supplies
January is the time to order your seeds unless you plan to buy plant starts from a local nursery. Choose the varieties you want to go and place your order now. If you will be starting seeds indoors (recommended), make sure you have a grow light and heat mat. You can find the grow light I'm using here and the heat mat I use is here.
Figure Out the Best Location for Your Garden
Choose an area that gets plenty of sun for best results. We grow in raised beds and we will be walking you through the process of how to build one on our youtube channel in a few weeks. For now, figure out where you want your beds to live or where you plan to put a garden in the ground. If you are going to do a raised bed garden, you will also need soil to fill your new beds. Check with local mulch yards to find top soil and compost to fill your beds.
We will share an update with a full list of what we are planting this spring in the next week or so. We also plan to launch our Youtube channel this week where you can watch our entire process of gardening, raising animals, and homesteading throughout the year. This will be the best way for you to get detailed tips, DIY's for building your garden beds, and more. Stay tuned! We'll add a link on the home page when the first video goes live.
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