What’s a gardener to do when you live in Minnesota and the high in the last several days hasn’t been above zero. That’s right, zero and that’s not the wind chill either. Okay, I’ll stop feeling sorry for myself. Probably gardening is the last thing on your mind in the dead of winter, but there really is so much a gardener can do. It doesn’t matter what zone you live in, there are some winter gardening tasks you can do now. I live in Zone 4 and folks, that’s on the colder half of the zone scale. Today, I’ll share some of the winter gardening tasks I’m working on this month.
I picked up some amaryllis and paper white bulbs on sale and I have them started. I also pulled out a couple more amaryllis bulbs that I had in storage and I have them going. I should have some lovely flowers in about 4 – 6 weeks when I’m sick to death of winter. In case you missed my post a few weeks ago, Amaryllis – the Perfect Winter Flower, take a few minutes to read it. I’m pretty sure if you look you can still buy amaryllis and paper white bulbs.
Did you read my post last week on Winter Sowing? It’s been a very popular post. Oh my, once you start you’ll be hooked on winter sowing. It’s so fun! Okay, I’m such a garden nerd, but it just feels so good to put my hands in dirt in the winter. Winter sowing is so easy that it’s a perfect way to get perennials added to your gardens on the cheap.
Seeds, Seeds, Seeds
Seed and gardening catalogs are arriving daily at my house. How do they know that I’m a such a sucker for flowers and seeds? I know that I can’t possibly plant all the seeds that I am ordering. My hubby and I were running errands over the weekend and I begged him to stop at a nursery we were close to so I could “run in and get some seeds.” Seeds are collectibles, right? Anyway, even if you aren’t a seed hoarder, it’s a great time to look through seed catalogs and see what new plants or varieties you want to try this year. Check out my post on Seed Starting Indoors. If you live in warmer climates perhaps you’ve already started some seeds indoors. It’s a great way to save money in the garden and very gratifying to grow your own food or flowers.
Get Organized and Plan Your Spring Gardens
Plan out, on paper, what you’re going to do this spring and summer in your gardens. Which plants do you want to divide, or move. Which new plants do you want to add. Do you use a gardening journal? I’ve always wanted to have a gardening journal and I’m determined that this will be the year I put one together. One big binder to hold all my gardening notes, pictures and receipts would be so awesome. And so, I’m working on it. Did you get a copy of my Free Printable 2018 Gardening Calendar? Print it and utilize it to get yourself organized for this year’s gardening season.
Winter is the perfect time to catch up on your gardening reading – books, magazines and blog posts. There’s a great list of gardening books in Gardening Books – Good Winter Reads for Gardeners. I don’t have much time to read during the spring and summer, so I love catching up on my gardening magazines and books in the winter. If you’re looking for some more gardening goodness and ideas, please follow Gingham Gardens on Pinterest.
Visit a Local Nursery
I love family owned nurseries and I love supporting them. Even here in the frozen tundra, we have some amazing nurseries that stay open year round. To visit a nursery in winter is like stepping out of the cold and dreariness into heaven. A sense of euphoria just comes over me. Yep, I’m definitely a gardening nerd! But really, it’s just flat out good medicine for the soul.
Okay so there are lots of winter gardening tasks to do and what a great way to pass these long winter months. I’m curious, do you just cozy up and forget about gardening in the winter? I challenge you to add in a few winter gardening tasks this year. Come spring, you’ll be so glad you did.
Happy winter gardening,
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