Winter Garden Tasks

Often times summer is so busy you don’t get the jobs done you need to so winter is the perfect time to concentrate on garden tasks.

One job I tend to put off is sort through the garden tools and cleaning them. At this time it’s best to dispose of any tools you aren’t using. Actually I don’t get rid of tools, I turn them into garden art. But if you aren’t using a tool – find another use for it.

Winter passes along much faster is you start “garden research”. It’s the perfect time to look through garden and landscape magazines and mentally plan your garden. When you find plants that interest you, research them on the Internet or check out some books to find out how well they will grow in your area.

Take a visit to your local garden center or greenhouse. The colors of flowers will make you feel better about the cold weather outdoors. And don’t be surprised if you come home with a new plant or two.

Check out gardening catalogs. There may be new seeds or plants you want to try, but be forewarned – order now! It’s amazing how fast certain seeds and plants will sell out.

Contact you garden friends and trade some seeds. Its fun and will save you money that you can spend on other garden items.

Plant some potted plants you really like that can’t be outdoors in the winter. You can enjoy them inside when the weather is cold and move them outdoors in the warmer spring and summer weather.

I usually start a windowsill garden and this year I have a winter recession garden.

So far my winter recession garden has two windowsill planters, four containers, two hanging planters and soon I will be filling my portable mini greenhouse, which is 6 foot by 3 foot and perfect for an indoor seed-starting garden.

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