Spring is a time of renewal and hope for many people. The brightly colored flowers that begin blooming at this time of year can lift one's spirits and decorate a garden with their beauty. You can start vegetables that ripen later in summer by planting their seeds indoors in early spring. Get a head start on the season by planning and starting wildflower seeds in fall. By the time spring arrives, you'll be able to enjoy the easy to care for flowers that bloom when the weather gets warmer.
Begin your preparations in fall for many types of plants. Clear the weeds and other unwanted plants from an area of your yard that receives the correct amount of sun for the plant you are planning to grow and then dig in a 2- to 3-inch layer of organic compost. You can broadcast wildflower seeds in your completed garden bed immediately or allow the area to mellow until spring, when you can plant your summer vegetables.
Start flower and vegetable seeds in late winter or early spring, about six or eight weeks before your final spring frost. Fill flats or pots with any standard potting soil mix and then sprinkle it with water to moisten the soil. Plant seeds the correct depth and distance apart, following seed packet instructions. Keep your pots or flats in a sunny indoor location.
Thin young plants to about 2 inches apart when they are 1 to 2 inches tall.
Transplant seedlings to your outdoor garden bed after your final spring frost. Plant them the correct distance apart for the type of plant. For example, plant tomatoes 3 to 4 feet apart; plant zinnias 1 foot apart.