Winter To-do list

Once the the holiday season is behind us, you might have a little extra time on your hands while waiting for spring to arrive. Here are a few things you could be doing this month.

  • Use this time to prepare the garden tools for spring. Sharpen your pruners, shovels, and hoes as well as clean them thoroughly to prevent any disease from previous use.
  • Review last year’s garden journal and start a new one for this year
  • Consider purchasing a large calendar dedicated for your garden. This would enable you to keep track of your fertilizing and spraying schedule and everything else that you’ve done in the garden. It also will allow you to plan for things that need to be done at certain times.
  • Draw a map of your garden and make copies of it. Garden beds and raised beds stay in the same place year after year, but the crops rotate each year. To plan this year’s garden, take a clean copy of the map and fill it in. If you don’t have a garden journal, Use the back of the plan to record notes. Keep each year’s plan in a three-ring binder for easy cross-checking of varieties, rotations, etc. Also to note what did well and what did not.
  • Feed the birds and provide them with some unfrozen water.
  • Check houseplants plants for indoor pests.
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