Gardening and winter are usually not two words that we immediately think of when we think of a garden. Let alone winter gardening tips. However, there is still much we can do, even while the ground is cold, in preparation for the coming spring.
We love being in our garden, even if the whether does not always permit us to be playing in it. Regardless, our thoughts seem to always be filled with ideas for our garden. There are always new things to try, thoughts on what to plant next, new garden decor to add…you get the idea and probably do the same. So, we decided to share with you some great winter gardening tips.
Hardscaping – Winter is the time you can really see the bare bones of your garden. Take the time to notice if new hardscaping is needed for the spring. Do you need new seating or a new garden gate? Are your paths working for you, or do they need to be redirected? Would you like to add a trellis or arbor to add some height and interest to your garden? Use wintertime to see your garden as a new blank space and reinvent or adjust from there.
Design Your Garden – Just as with hardscaping, winter is a perfect time to redesign or improve your garden layout. Think about your flower beds and how you want to plant and arrange them come springtime. Create a garden journal where you can draw diagrams or collect clippings of ideas you would like to implement or try in your garden.
Create A Planting Plan – Research ahead of time what you want to plant. This ensures you don’t miss the window of opportunity to plant that new flower, herb or vegetable. Browse seed catalogs or invest in a book that will help you plan your planting schedule. Create your own planting calendar and add it to your garden journal.
Start Seeds Indoor – Get ahead start by growing seeds indoor. A perfect way to satisfy the need to “play in the dirt” during winter and be creative on trying different varieties. After the last frost passes you will have plants ready to be moved and planted in your garden. This article from Country Living does a great job on explaining how to start seeds in the winter.
Composting – This is something that can be done year round and is a great way to reduce your waste and keep your soil nutrient rich. Here is a great article from Eartheasy on winter composting.
Tool Inventory – Another great way to prepare for the coming spring is to take inventory of your current tools and supplies. Are they in need of some TLC? Do they need to be replaced? Or is it time to add that new tool or two you were eyeing last spring?
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