Soon enough winter will be over and one of the best things to look forward to in spring is the growth of new plants and flowers, coming back to life again. If you are an avid gardener, it will apply especially to your own garden and plants. If you grow vegetables, it will almost be unbearable waiting for the new crops, but there are ways to work around this.
It’s all about being smart and getting to planting early in ideal conditions or setting up plants from different sources so you can be ready for a crop earlier in the spring.
1. Choose Fast-Growing Seeds: One of the best ways to get ahead in spring is to choose seeds and seedlings that grow very quickly without much maintenance needed. They are called quick-crops, and take just under a month to grow. These crops include radishes, baby salad vegetables and turnips, with many others to choose from. Most of these are cool season crops so they can develop well during the end of winter and can be harvested by the beginning of spring.
2. Use A Seed Calendar: if you’re itching to grow your vegetables and it’s not quite the end of winter yet, you can always plant during the last week of the winter month for the month ahead. So you know what to plant, you can use a seed calendar to know what would be the best options. Don’t start planting during that month, work from the previous month to take advantage of the time. As they say, the early bird gets the early worm…or crop.
3. Start Planting Indoors: If the weather conditions are not optimal for you to plant outside, you can always plant early from indoors. You can easily do this by using a mini garden greenhouse that you can keep near a source of sunlight and air. It is much easier to maintain and grow spring plants from indoors as it would be warmer and has the best humidity conditions to help the plants develop.
4. Don’t Forget Fertilizers: To keep your plants healthy, don’t forget to use compost or fertilizer for your plants, whether you’re planting them indoors or outdoors. This will lessen the risks of plants dying as they are growing in slightly unusual conditions, and can increase the quality of crops that will be harvested later. If you don’t have your own compost, you can always buy small packs of fertilizer if you’re growing plants indoors.
5. Get Transplants: If it’s too inconvenient to grow your own plants indoors or outdoors, you can somewhat cheat and get your crops early by purchasing transplants. Choose healthy saplings from reputable nurseries and simply plant them wherever you prefer once spring begins. As they have already moved past their earlier stages, they won’t be as fragile and difficult to grow.
As an additional tip, make sure to protect your plants if possible, especially against pests outside and inside your house. The last thing you would want is to lose your crops before they even yield. You don’t have to wait until spring has come to get ready for a great harvest. If you have an excited green thumb and want to grow your spring crops early and quickly, keep these tips in mind!
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