Easy Gardening Projects to Start Now

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Now is a great time to start planning for spring. Try these easy gardening projects to get a jump start! 

Clean Up Your Garden or Backyard 

Creating a sense of order in your backyard or garden will make you feel good. It can be cathartic to rip out dead, leftover plants and remove random sticks and debris from your area. 

Clean Your Outdoor Furniture and Deck

If you’ve got a power washer – put it to use! If not, a bucket of soapy water and scrub brush will do the trick. It is a great time to remove last year’s grime on all surfaces top to bottom. If necessary, add a new coat of paint (which you can order online) to brighten worn furniture.

Grow a Salad Garden

If you don’t have room for a garden, plant some greens! You only need a small pot or a window box to yield plenty of baby greens for your table. Mesclun (a mix of lettuces), spinach, and arugula can be planted in the same container. In about a month, you will have fresh greens for you and your family to enjoy. Plenty of companies will ship seeds to your door. 

Start Some Veggies Indoors

If you feel inspired and have the space, try starting some veggies like tomatoes or eggplants from seed. Once they’ve gotten started you can transplant them into your garden later. They can start to grow on a window sill for now. 

Make Your Own Potting Bench

Do you have an old bench, nightstand or dresser that you’ve been meaning to donate to goodwill? You can upcycle it by converting it into a potting bench. Paint it your favorite color, add some fun designs or use it as is. It can be repurposed as a table for your backyard as well. 

Design Plant Markers

Create some fun plant markers from craft materials you might have on hand like wine corks, popsicle sticks, or from found materials, such as pretty stones. Decorate them with acrylic paint or permanent markers to make it easier to keep track of everything you’ve planted. You can put them in your potted plants or in the garden. 

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