If you take on these 5 winter gardening tasks, you’ll be ahead of the game in the spring. In fact, I’m sure you’re already going stir crazy. So here are some great ways to set yourself up for springtime success.
REPAIR HAND TOOLS
Your hand tools are vital to your gardening. Spend time sharpening blades and replacing split handles now. This will make your tools ready for that first warm day!
TEST GROW OLD SEEDS
I have half-used packets of seeds on hand. Test grow them indoors to see if the seeds will germinate. If they do, save them for spring. However, toss them if they don’t! Not sure how to start seeds indoors? We’ve got you covered – read this guide!
TEST YOUR SOIL
As you may know, soil quality makes a big impact on your garden’s production. Whether you’re growing roses, tomatoes, or herbs, you can’t formulate the correct amount of nutrients without testing your soil.
You can get soil test kits from your local agricultural extension office. Some nurseries also sell them. You collect the soil, send it off for testing, and receive an email report that explains what you need.
WINTER GARDENING TASKS: CLEAN OUT YOUR SHED
I’m a messy gardener. I love to pull out all the stops…and tools. However, I fail to put them back in place. Be diligent in returning things to their correct place. Of course, discard broken or worn out items.
REPAIR GARDEN HOSES
Admittedly, I saved the most boring task for last. Because you’re a smart gardener, you drained your hoses, blew them out, and stored them for the winter.
But, think back. Did they have leaks, drips, or even splits? This is the time to repair small leaks and drips. There are hose repair kits at your local garden center. It’s far cheaper to repair them than purchase new ones. And you’ll save valuable spring planting time by being prepared!
On a final note, getting out to your shed to complete these winter gardening tasks will help keep you connected to your garden during the long, cold winter. Bundle up, head out to the shed, and enjoy your time getting ready for the first blush of spring.