You know when those warmer degree winter days surprise you? (Not lately, but every so often…) Those days are a great time to do some dormant pruning. Branch structure can easily be seen in order to make cuts, and it is the perfect time for many plants. Not everything can be pruned this time of year, so do some research first. Avoid spring blooming plants like Lilac, Rhododendron, Azalea, Magnolia and Forsythia. If you prune these now you will forfeit the blooms for the up coming spring. Still bored? Freezing outside? Here are some other winter tasks you can work on:
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– Reorganize your garden work bench: Check your set up for efficiency, clean and disinfect those last minute pots you brought in, inventory spring supplies and make a list of what is needed
– Clean and sharpen your garden tools….nuff said.
– Put together your seed order: Map out what to buy locally or, for the harder to find, what to buy online
– Keep on composting
– Pull out your notes and diagrams from your garden last year. Oops. Don’t have those? Start you journal this year. Make a wish list.
– Read up on some new plants of interest
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