In colder climates, winter can draw into and seem endless—but you don’t need to wait for warmer weather to start preparing for summer vegetables. Here’s how to get a jump start on your vegetable garden, no matter what the weather forecast says.
1) Start a worm compost bin.
Feeding a worm compost bin with food scraps now will provide you with plenty of nutrient-rich fertilizer when it’s time to plant your garden. Cooler temperatures can cause less decomposition, but you can still use an indoor composter to get a jump start.
2) Start seeds inside.
If the last expected frost date in your area is late in the year, you may not be able to produce vegetables before mid-summer heat. Get around this hurdle by starting seeds indoors and transferring to the garden when the weather warms up.
3) Trim your trees.
Your vegetable garden will thrive in full sun, so get a jump start by trimming back any tree branches that shade the area and clean up your garden beds.