One sunny spring morning coming soon, you’ll feel an irresistible urge to plant your garden. Before you pick up a trowel, or open a seed packet, check out these hints to help you succeed.
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Keep in mind that when you're transplanting seedlings, whether it’s a flat of bedding plants from a nursery or seedlings started indoors, you don’t want the transition from pots to garden bed to induce transplant shock. (Here's our simple step-by-step guide to starting your own seeds, if you need that, too.)
Before you begin sowing or transplanting this season, decide in advance how many of each vegetable or flower variety you want and where you’re going to site them. Then, label your plant markers with the variety name and date before you head outdoors.
If it's been more than a couple of weeks since you’ve turned the soil and prepared your beds, then they’ve probably crusted over from rain. Drag a rake over the area a couple of times to break up the crust (you’ll likely need to weed, too).