Winter is a depressing time for the avid gardener. Unless you have a greenhouse, cold frame, or garden indoors, it seems all we can do is wait for spring and dream. Put those dreams to work! Now is the time to plan your garden. Here are some things to do in winter to make your garden successful in spring and summer.
- Put it on paper. Actually sit and think about what you want to accomplish with your garden. Do you want ornamentals, edibles or both? Are you looking to get started for the first time or expand? What new plants would you like to try this year?
- Take inventory. This can be tedious but can save a lot of time and headaches later. Simply make a list of garden tools, seeds, etc and also compile a wish list of the things you need but don’t have. Sometimes you can get some great discounts by purchasing during the off season.
- Life is short, study hard! Hit the library and check out some gardening books. Keep a journal of gardening ideas that you would like to try. Explore garden catalogs and attend gardening workshops to get ideas.
- Walk your garden area. Make note of shaded areas and sunny spots. This will require some visualization especially when the leaves are gone. Make an assessment of the garden so you can select the right plants for the right spots.
- Build. Winter is also a great time to build raised beds. The weather is cool enough to work in and when the garden is busy during spring and summer there is less time to dedicate to large projects.
Although winter may seem like gardening down time, it is possible to stay active and on top of the latest information. Good luck and good gardening!
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