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In the lull of winter it may be hard to think about gardening. Even though it may look cold and lifeless we know that it will be back to its full glory before we know it. During this time there are many things I like to do to prepare and get excited about the gardening year ahead.
Plan Your Garden
Take this time to plan out what you want to grow for the next year. This can look like a list of vegetables you want to try and where to place them. If could also be a break down of different garden projects you want to tackle this next year.
Take some time to list out what you want for your garden and make a plan or a budget to figure out how to accomplish these goals.
Order Seeds and Supplies
Now is a great time to stock up on your seeds. If you are like me, you are starting to get a bunch of seed catalogs in the mail. Set some time aside to figure out what you need.
Remember to be realistic when purchasing seeds. It can be easy to go over board, but we all only have so much space so only buy what you really need.
This is also a great time to buy new supplies if you need a new trowel or pruners. Sometimes you can find these items on sale since it is the off season.
Cleaning my tools is always something I think about when I am using them but then immediately forget once I put them away. Try to take some time in the winter to clean off the rust and build up on some of your tools, especially your pruners. Getting good at cleaning these can help keep your tools for much longer.
Start a Garden Journal
Get a dedicated garden journal to write out your successes and failures. This is a great thing to start now. Here are a few prompts to get your garden journal started.
- What went well in your garden last year?
- What do you want to plant again?
- What didn’t go well? How do you want to fix that this year?
- What would make gardening easier for me?
- How much time/money can I put towards my garden this year?
Keep the Garden Watered
Even though it is the winter, if you live in a dry climate it might be smart to water some of your plants. Choose a day that is over freezing and add a little water to your winter items. Things that love a little moisture through the winter are bulbs like tulips and daffodils or winter sown crops like garlic or winter greens.