By Candee Stark
- Pour through garden catalogs, flip the pages and fold
down the corner anytime you find something you like. Go back to it often until you decide what new
plants and flowers you would like to try this spring.
- Purchase a gardening book or magazine. Look at what
other people are trying in their gardens and see if their ideas inspire you to try something
- Look out your windows and try to visualize how you
would like your yard and garden to look like. Study the sun....notice the shady
- Make a list of what is important to you, in other
words, what do you want from your yard and garden? Do you want to create a patio area for
entertaining, a vegetable garden so you grow all of your own vegetables, a quiet area for relaxing,
or maybe an area that will attract wildlife. Anything is possible but it is important to recognize
what you want before you actually start any gardening project. Ultimately, knowing what you want will
save time and money!
- Take lots of notes and draw any ideas you might come up
(even those ideas that wake you up in the middle of the
- Of course, visit online nurseries to see what they have
to offer. Many sites offer suggestions and interesting gardening articles as
Before you know it spring will be here, you will have a shovel in your hand, and you will
have a plan! Happy Gardening!