Get an early start on the growing season by planting seeds and bulbs.
The most economical way to grow flowers and vegetables is to start them from seed or plant bulbs. Those gorgeous beds of tulips and daffodils you see in springtime are the result of planting flower bulbs in the fall. In the right climate, these natural perennials will come back every spring. In a challenging climate, you can treat them like annuals and replant bulbs each fall. Another favourite that grows from a bulb is gladiolus, but these are planted in the spring, once the earth has warmed, for full bloom in the summer. For spectacular summer colour, try spreading wild flower seeds in bare patches of the garden. Hummingbirds and bees will love them.
For a cost-effective vegetable harvest, start with seeds indoors or in a greenhouse if you have one. Use small containers with drainage holes and plant the vegetable seeds in a seed-starting soil mix. Set them in a warm location and keep the soil moist. When you see seedlings emerge, place the pots in a bright location. With proper timing, those little plants will be ready to be set in your vegetable garden outside when there's no longer any risk of frost.
Plant cloves root side down, 2" deep, at least 6" apart, in rows 12" apart. Water and cover with mulch. Your garlic will need to be tended to in the spring, once the ground warms and it begins to grow. Spring growing conditions and care: Garlic begins to poke through the ground as soon as the soil warms
If you have cloves, plant them root side down in the following placement:
- 2 inches deep
- At least 6 inches apart from each other
- If in rows, keep them 12 inches apart
Once the cloves are planted, give them a good water and cover with mulch. Your garlic will poke through the ground and will need to be tended once the spring weather hits and warms the ground.