apartment garden

It’s easy to forget that spring doesn’t officially start until the middle of March. The second that the month begins, though, it seems like the new season has already begun! We may still have a little while to wait before spring has truly sprung, but in the meantime, there are three great ways to get your apartment garden ready for planting.

1. Compost

You may have been composting all winter, but maybe you haven’t, and now is the perfect time to start! Apartment composting has become easy in recent years, with a wide range of indoor compost bins on the market and even more ways to make your own. The beginning of the planting season is the perfect time to add compost to your planting area, be it indoor or outdoor. Find out more about adding compost to your garden, in order to ensure that you’re feeding your plants, not over-feeding them.

2. Plan

What grows together goes together… right? Well, there are a few exceptions. It’s important to plan out your garden, especially if you have an apartment garden and will have limited space. First, decide what you’re going to plant when. Next, be sure to organize your different beds according to how much water and sunlight each plant needs.

It’s also important to be careful not to plant strong smelling or tasting plants like garlic near plants with a more delicate flavor, like sage, or you run the risk of contaminating one with the flavor of the other. Find out what plants should be planted near one another, and plan your beds accordingly.

3. Source Seeds

Some choose to start their apartment gardens with plants, which is great for growing herbs you’d like to use right away. But for heirloom varieties of plants, you may have to track down seeds, and now is the perfect time to start.

First, take a look at our guide to planting seeds indoors. Choose the seeds you’d like to plant, and then place your order! During busy periods, many heirloom seed vendors can take up to two weeks to send out your seeds, so plan and buy early, to make sure that your seeds have arrived by the time planting begins.

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