I originally posted this last March and it’s amazing how accurate it is today! Just like in March, we’ve had two snowstorms very close together. And I’m still not able to escape winter with a quick trip to the Bahamas so I’m back to dreaming about summer and doing what I can to be ready when garden season comes around again.
We’ve had two snowstorms about a week apart and another couple of inches fell right after the second storm. I need to get away from winter! Unfortunately, a trip to the Bahamas isn’t possible so I just have to think of hot summer days and long summer evenings. One way I mentally remove myself from thoughts of snow and cold is to work on garden things to do in winter.
- Buying vegetable seeds – I tested my saved seeds and know which ones I need to replace. I’ve made a list of new vegetables I want to try, too. So it’s time to order my seeds.
- Buying growing equipment – Some of my seed flats are no longer useable. I’m out of peat pellets and I need containers. It’s time to head to the garden store!
- Inspecting fencing for winter damage – This one is a little tricky here. It’s been snowing like crazy lately but in a couple of days it’s going to be in the low 60’s. I’ll take one of the upcoming warm days to walk around my garden and make notes on any winter (or critter) damage to the fencing. I’ll also inspect the various poles, cages, and trellises.
- Planning the garden – Since I’m adding vegetables I’m making a plan on the computer. I don’t use the planning software since it’s expensive and I can do it myself in Excel. I simply make a grid for every foot of garden space and then type in which plants will go where. I merge cells for plants that take up more than a single foot and I color the backgrounds so I have a quick visual of where each vegetable will be in the garden.
- Research – I’ll do research on each of the new vegetables I’m adding so I know their best companion plants and their requirements for nutrition, soil, and space. I’ll also look for new information on deterring garden pests that want to ravage my vegetables.
- Build – I’m going to have my husband build some trellises for my pickling cucumbers, zucchini, and Sugar Baby watermelons.
- Make garden markers – So that I know where everything is in my garden I’ll make markets to put in the soil where I plant seeds or transplant vegetables started indoors.
- Start the indoor seeds – Since some plants (bell peppers spring to mind) need a lot of time I’ll plant seeds indoors for later transplant. There are guides to starting dates by zone available on the Internet.
- Check the bird houses for needed repairs – Bluebirds, Chickadees, Sparrows, Swallows, and Wrens are my best allies for ridding the garden of unwanted insects. I want to make sure they’re very happy in my garden.
If you put your mind to it you can come up with a lot of ways to escape winter…or at least start remembering spring is only a few weeks away!