You might not think about gardening in winter months, but there are things you can do to prepare your garden for spring. Spring is a busy time for gardeners and if you use these tips, it will be a lot less stressful and more fruitful.
- Order ahead summer-flowering bulbs and seeds. Certain flowers can be planted very early in spring so ordering ahead just makes sense! Ask a gardening expert which flowers or foods you should order early.
- Clean up your flower beds. Every once in a while, just tidy up and remove dead leaves and other debris from your flower beds, lawns and ponds.
- If you have a greenhouse, make sure to wash it before spring arrives! Sweep it out and disinfect the area including the inside of the glass with a garden disinfectant. Wash pots and seed trays and ventilate well after you wash it, so make sure there isn’t a snow or rain storm coming.
- You can actually start growing seeds in January and February for plants that require a longer growing season. You’ll need to use some kind of heated propagator to ensure growth. You might want to try Geraniums, Peppers or Begonias.
- Start hunting down garden pests early. You might be able to find slugs and snails around your plants now. Keep an eye out and remove any hibernating pests before you plant your garden.
- Install water butts. Water butts collect seasonal rainfall and can be great for watering plants.
- Move any badly placed deciduous shrubs. If you aren’t sure what type your shrubs are, ask a garden expert. It is the best time to move these shrubs to a new location while they’re dormant.
- Fix any broken fences, gates or trellis. Even though it may be cold, try to fix any of these items so you don’t have to worry about them when you want to spend more time actually in your garden.
- Clean and sharpen your gardening tools. Make sure your tools are clean and sharp since last year and ready to use this year.
- Create a composting area. Ask a gardening expert or look for instructions online for building a composting area. Do it now so you can readily use it come Spring.
Do you garden? Do you do any of these things in winter to prepare for the busy gardening season in Spring? Share with us!