The first sowing is always a dilemma that one should know in advance what to do with the first warm days of the spring. When the trees outdoors begin to flourish and the air temperature rises to over a dozen degrees Celsius – it`s definitely time to think about the first sowing. Choosing the right time is essential for the scheduling of the exact gardening care services throughout the rest of the year. Yet that`s just an example of how you can know when to plant the new seeds even without having a planting calculator.
Next, you should decide when to start planting, because it usually takes more than a day or even more than a good long week. It all depends on whether you have a small garden indoors, such as an urban garden on the terrace or a modular garden on the wall, or you have a big outdoor garden in the backyard with plenty of space for planting. A great tip is to make a sketching of the ground area with all the imaginary layouts and locations of the different plants. From edibles to decorative plants, herbs and flowers – the finishing result will be better if each has its own unique place in advance.
Consider the frost as the main factor. It plays a determining role for the start of the planting as it`s not recommended to plant while there is still a risk of frost. The early springtime is such a risky moment and that`s why a greater idea is to wait until the late springtime days. Check out the first frost and the last frost in your schedule for garden maintenance. Keep the data from a couple of years and thus you will get a better idea when is good to start planting and when it is not.
The location of your garden is another important factor. It means not only the location and the different climate area, but also the specs of the location such as a hilled or smooth terrain, a rocky terrain, a terrain with steep slopes, etc. Note the exposure of the terrain, because the south-looking terrains receive more sunlight on a daily basis and thus they are warmer, letting you to start planting earlier in the spring. The terrains with a northern exposure are much riskier for late frosts in the spring and especially in the nighttime.
Then, you have to choose which plants you will grow as starting plants indoors and which are for sowing directly outdoors. The first ones require more cares and gardening exercises, but without a doubt – the starting plants ensure a more reliable gardening. A great tip is to begin sowing the starting plants of most edibles at least a month before the last frost of the spring. Then, you will have beautiful starting plants for sowing outdoors when there is no risk of frost. The plants that you will plant directly outdoors can be safely planted a couple of weeks before the last frost.
Choose whether you want a one- or a double-season harvest. There are some edibles, which can mature by dividing the season by two – with early autumn harvest and with late winter harvest. If your garden is located in an area with no risk of frost until November – then you definitely want to take advantage of double harvest. That`s why begin the seeding in the very first warm weeks of the spring and then a double seeding in the summer.