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3. Grow your own plants. If you want more control over how the plants are arranged in the garden but don’t have the resources to buy hundreds or thousands of plants, grow your own from seed. You can take old tree containers, fill them halfway with a 50/50 mix of your garden soil and compost, and broadcast seeds in late fall. Come spring, you’ll have lots of seedlings to either pot up individually or place in the landscape. Some folks even dedicate a part of their new landscape to temporary grow beds. You can sow seeds in fall, marking the rows or areas clearly, then transplant those seedlings from grow beds the following spring and summer out into the permanent areas where you want them. Other people like growing plants indoors, dedicating entire basements to getting ready for the big garden installation.Planting Time: Get Your Garden Started With Seeds
4. Start a garden journal. If you don't already keep one, consider beginning a dedicated garden journal. Filled with your notes on what you planted and how each plant fared, this little notebook will be worth its weight in gold when planting time comes again.5. Donate extra produce to a local food pantry. Wondering what to do with that bumper crop of zucchini or tomatoes, once your neighbors and friends have had their fill? Ample Harvest, a nonprofit organization, helps link gardeners with local food pantries to feed those who are struggling. Check the group's website to find a local food pantry that will accept your garden surplus.