The weather outside may be frightful, but these four ideas are delightful - and easy. Get a jump start on spring and have your most gorgeous garden ever with these simple steps.
Get crafty - make compost! Made of all-natural materials, compost is easy to make and will feed your growing garden. We have full tutorial here, or get started with these basics:
On a nice, non-snowy day, go out to your shed and start cleaning up.
If you're ready to retire Old Bessie, the shovel with the handle that loves to unscrew while you're digging, don't despair. Even the most well-made tools tend to wear out over time.
Make sure you buy tools that are ergonomically shaped to go easy on your wrists, hands and knees.
If you have trouble kneeling for long periods, consider investing in a great garden cart or knee pads. Also be sure you have a sturdy, protective pair of gloves so you're protected while you welcome spring in your garden.
Full disclosure: I don't always love planning, so if you're groaning at this last recommendation, know you're not alone.
On the other hand, planning can be an enjoyable part of the gardening process if you make choices you absolutely love. Try these ideas:
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