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Planning your Garden

It's never too cold...or early to begin planning your garden for the spring. Growing your own produce is a great way to save money, live a healthier lifestyle, and eat homegrown deliciousness all year long. Deciding where your garden is going to go, drawing up a sketch and preparing what you'll plant and where is a great place to start.

To draw a sketch of your garden, begin with a piece of graph paper. Decide how many square feet you want each block to represent, and draw a rectangle representing how big you've figured your garden to be. Next, is where you'll decide what amazing fruits and veggies you want to grow. If you want to get really creative, you can plant grape vines, raspberry vines or strawberries around the perimeter of the garden.

The staples of vegetable gardening tend to be tomatoes and peppers, but the options are limitless! Perhaps endive, turnips or swiss chard have piqued your curiosity? With how inexpensive a package of seed is, growing crops you've always wanted to try is a no brainer!

Now, let's say, that you don't have room in your landscape for a large garden, or even a small one for that matter. Don't discount the value of container gardening. You can just as easily grow vegetables in containers as you can in the earth itself. All you need is a clean container large enough to allow for adequate root development and drainage. For more information about Urban Gardening, Container Gardening and Square Foot Gardening visit our section on Urban Gardening.

If you need any advice, have any questions, or want to share what's worked best for you, you can reach the experts at Johnson's anytime. Bring your questions into the store, post them on our facebook page, send us a tweet, or an email: askus@johnsonsgarden.com.

Happy Gardening!