Even though it may be too early to plant in your area -unless you use a cold frame- it is time to think about doing outside activities.Clean-up winter yard debris; toss branches ,leaves and old mulch in your compost pile.By now many early bulbs like snowdrops and some crocus have bloomed. Daffodils and some spring bloomers are starting to emerge. Remove any compressed leaf mulch and lightly fertilize.Jump start your compost pile with vegetable food scraps and water as weather permits.This is the time to install trellises, latticework or other support structures before perennials start active growth.Refer to your garden planner , and stake off the area . If you waited to draw-up a garden plan, do so now. Keep these things in mind when planning your area.You can “recycle” space by planting fast growers like spinach and leaf lettuce after harvesting cabbage ,broccoli or other cole crops. Order extra seed accordingly.*Keep mature plant heights in mind when spacing to ensure the best light possible for all plants.Make sure the center of any raised beds can be reached from all sides.Allow enough space between rows to work comfortably.
Getting the garden ready now will save you valuable planting time later.