About the only things that can be cultivated in Binghamton this time of year are ideas. It is time to decide what you are going to plant in your garden come spring and design the layout. It's also time to start seedlings inside if you haven't already. I enjoy the constantly changing layout of my garden and since there isn't much else to do, now is the time to dedicate a little thought to a new garden layout.
Agway on Broad Avenue in Binghamton is great source of supplies and ideas for the early gardener. They have seed starting kits, grow lights and just about anything else you might need for your garden. Also, the 2010 seeds are in. I like to stroll through from time to time to get new ideas and look at the seed packets to get ideas for new vegetables and flowers to grow in my garden.
There are a few things to keep in mind for planning. First, it's a good idea to rotate crops every year. Some people plant their vegetables in a different location in the garden every year. Another rule to keep in mind is tomatoes shouldn't be planted by peppers.
A good way to keep track of your garden layout over time is with pictures and diagrams. Keep a journal of the changes over the years and note if certain plants grew better in one area versus another.
Your garden should be a new and exciting experience every year. If something that you try fails, consider it a learning experience rather than a failure and try something new next time. After all, a big part of gardening is simply trying something new to see what will happen.