While some parts of the country are seeing their first spring blooms already, most of us are still under a layer of frost and snow. But even though you’re probably not pulling weeds or planting seeds yet, there’s plenty to keep an off-season gardener busy this time of year.For starters, winter is a great time to prune. Freezing temperatures means your trees won’t be as susceptible to pests and diseases when you lop off a few limbs. Winter is the ideal time to prune almost every tree or shrub. In fact, Enviro Girl has a standing date with a mammoth-sized forsythia in her yard. She’s bringing a few branches inside each week and forcing them to bloom. Early spring ambiance for free!
It’s also time for most gardeners to plan for spring planting. Review last year’s garden first. What worked well and what failed? What do you want to try this year? Planning your spring garden will involve plotting and making lists–and ordering seeds from catalogs. If you plan to start seeds indoors, place your seed orders now so they’re ready to grow in a few weeks. Enviro Girl suggests talking to fellow gardeners, too, so you can coordinate your seed purchases.
Enviro Girl uses the calm late winter season to take inventory of her garden supplies. She cleans, repairs and replaces tools and accessories.
Finally, if you’ve got a big project planned for your upcoming garden season, late winter is a great time of year to get it started. For example, Enviro Girl and her dad will be building a fence around her main garden this spring. She’s acquiring hardware and writing a to-do list now, as well as gathering data on lumber and equipment rental. When the ground thaws, she’ll hit the ground running on that job.
Tell the Eco Women: what will you do for your garden this winter?