Spring is right around the corner, and after a very warm last week or so here in Central Oregon, everyone is itching to go buy plants and get their gardens started, and even though it’s still too cold to get things planted, there are many things you can do to ready the yard and garden for the appropriate time to start gardening outside.

Rake- Get any leaves from last fall raked up and cleared out from the garden, bushes, back deck, and lawn. You can place in a yard bin, put in a burn pile for spring burning season, or bag up to take to the dump.

Clear out Garden- Pull any plants or shrubs that will not come back this year and start making room for plants this upcoming season.

Till- You can till the soil in the garden to prep the soil for when it’s time to start planting.

Plan- If you liked the way your garden grew last year, and your plants did well in certain spots in the yard and garden, you can do it the same way, or switch it up and make adjustments depending on sun and placement of certain plants. Grab a notebook or journal and start writing things down. We recommend you keep a notebook that you can use every year, and make notes throughout the whole year, this will help tremendously when deciding what plants to buy and where to plant them, depending on water and where the sun hits throughout the day, during all seasons. Planning and journaling can help you decide if you want to buy perennials, or annuals as well, knowing what does well year round. Start researching fertilizers/ supplements for the plants you want to grow this year.

Get Seeds Going- Once you have decided what you want to grow, start your seeds. You can start the seeds in water until they sprout, then plant in soil, or plant seeds directly into soil. Just make sure they are warm, stay moist, and have plenty of light, whether it’s in a window, or under grow lights. Remember, you don’t need a ton of room to do this, even a small 3’x3’ area in a spare room or laundry room under a grow light will do wonders. If it’s in an area you don’t see everyday, set a reminder on your phone or calendar to water and check on them daily. Here is a great guide for beginners on starting plants from seed.

Join a Club/ Facebook Group- Even if you are an experienced gardener, there are always new ideas and techniques out there to learn. Start on Facebook and find a garden group in your area, or look on craigslist for garden groups, however, in person groups may not be happening right now due to COVID, so keep that in mind.

While you’re out working on the yard, snap a photo and tag us on social media, we would love to see!

Happy Gardening!
The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty

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