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How to plan a garden

How to plan a garden 0

A garden in the spring sounds nice, but where to start? Well, the first step is to create a plan. It's a fun and simple activity that's an escape from the cold and dormancy of winter, setting your imagination free to dream of all that's possible for the next growing season. It doesn't matter if you have a balcony, patio, a suburban lot, porch, an acre or two, or even a sunny window. In this article, we'll cover the essentials of creating a garden plan by going through a series of questions to help you lay it all out. So, let’s get started!
What is seed stratification?

What is seed stratification? 2

Seed stratification is a term that originated when nurseries used to layer seeds and sand in wooden boxes outdoors. And while layers aren't always needed, the term stuck like those price tags you can't peel off flowerpots! Stratification is the practice of breaking seeds' dormancy to help them germinate by manipulating temperature and moisture to mimic the outdoor conditions under which they would grow naturally. This article will cover the basics of seed stratification and tell you how to stratify seeds at home. Let's dig through the layers and get started!
When Should I Start Buying Seeds for the Next Gardening Season?

When Should I Start Buying Seeds for the Next Gardening Season? 3

For some, garden planning is a year-round affair. This is mostly because the United States is broken up into different parts known as growing zones. Depending on your growing zone, you may be able to grow and harvest crops outdoors no matter the time of year (like Zones 10-13). For others, gardening outdoors may only be possible for certain increments of time and therefore knowing when to buy seeds, and even when to start them, can be some very important information to have!