Gardeners are a happy crowd.
For many people, the winter season can drag on and get a little gloomy. The weather is gray and cloudy, there are not enough hours of daylight and our favorite outdoor activities can come to a standstill.
But gardeners have a wonderful antidote to short-day blues.
This is the time of year when the seed and equipment catalogs arrive and stimulate the imagination with plans, schemes and dreams of garden glory!
Of course, these plans always spark the desire for action and are the ideal time to review and implement your spring garden checklist.
To get the most out of the pre-season, here are seven steps to start today.
1. Check last year’s journal
Her diary contains all the information from previous gardens to further increase this year’s success.
Once you have made notes, you will have a written record of where your efforts have been successful and which have failed. You also have all the data about your specific weather patterns, pest problems, planting dates, perennials that you want to move, and the areas you want to revise.
And if you’ve been very vigilant with your diary, you may also have photos or sketches of plants you want to add, new design arrangements, and planting or decorating ideas.
This is also a good time to start creating a new diary if you haven’t already.
A diary doesn’t have to be fancy – a simple folder with lined paper and transparent pockets is enough.
Of course there are some nice ones if you prefer something more elaborate.
P.S. A pretty diary is a great gift for the other gardener in your life! We found seven great options for you to consider.
2. Go to Walkabout
Even with a well-kept diary, there are still things that happened outside that you didn’t include in your notes.
Winter cold can lift paths and rock gardens, causing damage Bird baths and planters and kill tender perennials.
Plus, rodents and other living things He may have been busy building caves and nests or nibbling on plants.
So take your new diary with you and see the landscape. Write down all the work that needs to be done, then prioritize your tasks to prepare for the upcoming season.
3. Plan your success
With your trusted diary in hand, you can now plan, set priorities and create calendars.
Your timeline can include:
- When should you start with seedlings?
- Dates for direct sowing
- Purchase and planting of bedding plants
- Dates for editing, heating and preparing beds
- Purchase of accessories, tools and equipment
- Memories to turn the compost
- Share perennials and summer onions
- Top dressing early arrivals
- Repairs and maintenance
- General cleanup
- Procurement of unique decorative items
With a schedule to follow, every task is done on time.
The alternative is not to be planned – but you will be caught flat-footed when these eagerly awaited warm, sunny days arrive and try to limit everything to a few weekends.
It’s too stressful for such a fun hobby!
4. Repairs and maintenance
After you’ve prioritized your tasks, it’s time for action – and one of the first items on the agenda is usually repairs and maintenance.
Perform the following tasks before the warm weather arrives:
- Clean, repair, sharpen and oil tools
- Repair paths, fences, grids, and rock gardens
- Repair planters, statues, and birdhouses
- Inventory of accessories and tools
5. The shopping spree
As soon as the lawn and garden supplies arrive – but before the crowd does – take your list of supplies, equipment and supplies to your favorite stores and replenish them. Or skip the stores altogether and Shop online!
If the weather is nice enough to get outside, you can start right away.
It is also a good idea to get items early for your outdoor decorating plans, especially if they are unique or unusual in nature.
Visit the beach to buy driftwood plant stands, search flea markets, and search flea markets for themed planters such as old toolboxes, bike baskets, and packaging pallets, or search the disused chandeliers and vases for vintage glass garden lights a great way to be inspired!
6. In the garden
There are also many outdoor tasks that need to be done before spring officially begins.
Late winter is the time to prune certain trees, shrubs, and vines. This invigorates the plants for spring growth and limits the time in which the wounds are exposed to potential diseases.
Summer blooming trees like Rose of Sharon, Crepe myrtleand smoke trees as well as fruit trees, grapevines, most roses, Hydrangeas, spirea, summer flowering clematisetc. should all be shortened while they are still inactive.
It’s also a good time to top raspberry and blackberry stalks in the second year. This keeps their size and shape manageable and makes it easier to pick the berries when they ripen.
Dead and damaged plants should also be removed or pruned in late winter. This includes dead branches, the removal of crisscrossing branches and the opening of plants for better air circulation.
Ornamental grasses Perennials can also be cleaned, cared for and divided (if necessary) before new growth begins.
When early herbs appear like chives or tarragonClean old material and give them a top dressing made from fresh organic material such as compost or well-rotted manure. This promotes early growth and also offers protection against sudden cold snaps.
And when winter comes to an end and spring approaches, a general cleanup is also necessary.
Winter blankets made of hay or leaf mulch can be worked into the top layer of the soil or raked and removed. And all deposits such as dead flower stalks, old seed heads or decayed branches and twigs can also be removed.
7. Sowing cold weather
After cleaning, vegetables and flower beds can be ordered or loosened (depending on the weather) and then warmed up if necessary for sowing plants in cold weather arugula, garlic, Kale, spinach, radish, Onions, and some salads.
Beware of the temptation to plant other seeds too early – a warm, sunny spell can trigger this urge.
To ensure that you don’t jump with your gun, print out a handy planting card for your diary. like this for US zones and This for Canadian zones, then refer to it to ensure that your early plantings have the best chance of growth.
The last point
Mother Nature has a knack for humiliating us when we try to rush her. So let the seasons unfold as you like.
To increase your chances of success in the garden, use your diary to guide your tasks, get your prep work done early, and read the planting tables of your zone.
When the time is right, you can enjoy the warm spring days in the garden.
Reader, how do you prepare your garden for spring? Let us know in the comments below!