If you’re planning a garden and thinking of starting from seeds, now is the time to start! This is my second year of planting from seeds, so I’m a little less intimidated and have a better sense of what worked and what didn’t in my garden. If you’re interested in what I planted before, you can check out this post I wrote last summer with a legend of the layout of our garden beds and what I planted.
Without a doubt, seeding is a time-consuming process that requires planning and patience, but the process is fairly simple once you get the hang of it. There are great resources online at PlantSomethingBC.ca by the BC Landscape and Nursery Association and on YouTube where you can find advice and guidance. You can also head to your local garden centre or nursery to help you get started. Workers are super knowledgeable about what grows well locally and can steer you in the right direction on different varieties of plants. Make sure you grab whatever seeds, trays, and dirt you’ll need while you’re there.
Seeds are also very affordable, and it’s surprising how quickly they can fill up your garden. I’ve learned that less is definitely not more when it comes to planting, and always seem to need more than I thought. I noticed last year I would buy five trays of seedlings that seemingly disappeared once I started planting. Although the time investment in planting seeds is greater, the bounty is also so much larger.
One thing to keep in mind during seeding is the time pockets of when things are blooming and sprouting, so you can enjoy a nice variety in your garden from spring to the fall. The time investment you put into your garden now, with all the additional planning, maintenance, and babying the seeds and seedlings, will be so worth it when everything is in bloom.
While I seeded both flowers and vegetables last year, I found the most joy from my flower gardens. Creating a bouquet from flowers I had grown was incredibly rewarding, and there’s such satisfaction and a sense of pride in growing your own flowers.
My mom and I both love gardening, and it’s great to be able to share some of the work between the two of us. If you can, I recommend planning your garden with a friend. They can plant half of what you’d like and you can both share in the rewards.
The perfect spring and summer activity, gardening has quickly become a favourite hobby of mine. I can easily get lost in the process, escaping into my garden to enjoy quiet moments away from the everyday hustle and bustle of life. If your looking for little pops of gardening to add around the home right now is the perfect time to plant some bulbs!
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