There may be snow on the ground outside, but winter is a great time to make plans for your summer garden. Spend some time now researching the plants you want to use and deciding where you want to plant your garden that way when spring finally comes, you will be ready to begin working in your garden.

If you like variety in your garden or are looking for great border plants, consider using annuals. They last for only one season but typically bloom all season long and come in lots of colors, sizes and shapes. By using annuals, you can have a different looking garden every year. You can find annuals already started in containers or seed packets.

You will want to know how much sun your flowers need before you choose your planting location. Before you plant your flowers, spend a few days paying attention to how much sunlight your yard gets and plant accordingly.

Try to make sure you plant your annuals after any danger of frost has passed. Very cold temperatures affect the plants so if there is a late frost coming, put a sheet or some kind of covering over your tender plants to keep them warm. When the temperature climbs, uncover your plant and they should be fine.

When buy already started annuals, you can easily transfer them from the cell pack or container right into a hole in your garden. Just make a hole that you can place the plant in where the ground level will be at the same level that it is for your plant in the container. Before placing in the hole, you will want to break up the root ball so the roots can spread out and grow.

If you have seeds to plant, check the directions on the pack to see depth and spacing requirements. Taking the time to follow planting directions rather than just putting the plant in the ground will give you the most benefit from your plant.

Keeping plants watered is important especially for annuals. Plants that get a lot of sun or wind will require more water than plants that get some shading. Your plants will get the most benefit from your watering if you can do it in the evening or during the night.

If at all possible, do not water in the morning or afternoon. Your flowers in pots will probably dry out faster than those in the garden so you will want to water them more often. For your garden plants, think about using a soaker hose for watering.

You can just turn on the water and go do something else and the water goes directly to the base of the plant which will help decrease plant rot that can happen from water being splashed up onto the plant

Fertilizing your plants will help them stay healthy and pretty all season. The instructions to use the fertilizer will be found on the container. Fertilizing your plants as instructed and keeping faded blooms pinched from the plants will leave you with healthy, beautiful annuals that bloom all summer.

New and even experienced gardeners might find it helpful to keep a gardening journal. Keep track of the plants you used, the locations you planted in and the results you had. You can then make any changes next season as well as try out new plants that caught your eye after you already had your garden planted.

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