We work so onerous in our gardens from spring till fall, but it surely looks like most of that point we’re simply attempting to maintain up reasonably than growing a proactive technique to lastly get forward of all of it. That’s why the winter, when issues decelerate, is the proper time to work in your backyard — reasonably than in it. On this video, I present you 5 issues you are able to do proper now to make your gardening life higher and simpler come spring.




1. Take Inventory

Step one for each gardener is to take inventory of the previous yr. What went properly within the backyard, and what didn’t go so properly? What “aha” moments did you’ve got? File these ideas and observations now whereas it’s recent in your thoughts, and also you’ll be positioned to use that data subsequent yr and past so you possibly can repeat the wins and keep away from the losses.

Gardening is all about change and adaptation so that you simply and your backyard can proceed to develop. I discover one of the simplest ways to do this is with the journaling app on my telephone. (I take advantage of Day One, however there are different apps to select from in addition to good old style pen and paper.) My app permits me so as to add footage as I’m going or import photographs from my picture library. I can kind up notes or use the dictation perform. It captures real-time data similar to date, location and temperature, and it updates the info throughout all of my units — telephone, pill and pc. It’s one of the best useful resource I’ve discovered to doc every gardening season’s wins, challenges and particular noteworthy moments.

When doubtful about whether or not to file a word or not, I say it’s higher to have it and never want it than to want it and never have it. Your solely regrets would be the pictures and observations you didn’t seize.


Day One app screen shot

The Day One app is a favourite for protecting my backyard journal.


2. Nurture Your Thoughts

What gardening topic do you wish to be taught extra about? Commit proper now, whilst you can, to teach your self by selecting up books on the topic, taking an on-line course or attending lectures and workshops by connecting with native gardening societies. What I really like about gardening is there’s at all times extra to be taught and numerous alternatives to strengthen your expertise. Winter is the proper time to counterpoint your gardening data, and it’s simpler than ever to be taught from the consolation of your individual house. 


An armful of books

Winter is the proper time to counterpoint your gardening data, and it’s simpler than ever to be taught from the consolation of your individual house.


3. Make Your Plan for Subsequent Season

Determine now what you wish to plant in spring and summer season, and take the mandatory steps to arrange. Should you intend to begin crops from seeds, now’s the time to begin pursuing seed catalogs. When you’ve picked out what you wish to develop, order these seeds directly. They go rapidly, and for those who wait, there’s a good probability the most well-liked varieties shall be offered out. 

Should you plan to refresh or broaden your backyard beds, determine what crops you need. Have you learnt the varieties and the place to get them? Get that decision-making off your listing earlier than the gardening season picks up. 


Seed Catalogs

Peruse seed catalogs now and order quickly — earlier than the seeds you need are out of inventory.


4. Decide a Undertaking to Enhance Your Backyard

There are at all times issues we wish to add to our backyard that we by no means get carried out. That’s as a result of we don’t schedule it, and what doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get carried out. Should you actually wish to add that water characteristic or that greenhouse or begin a wildflower backyard, now’s the time to map it out, together with the steps and the timeline. Time is your most valuable useful resource, but it surely goes by so quick. Seize the second.


Joe on the site of his future greenhouse.

Right here I’m sitting on the slab poured for the greenhouse I’ve wished for fairly a while. It’s simple to maintain laying aside initiatives that you simply haven’t scheduled., so make a plan and put a date on the calendar to get it carried out.


5. Develop at Least One Factor New

As gardeners who’ve been at it some time, we are likely to get caught in ruts and develop the identical issues time and again — and that’s such a disgrace. There are such a lot of alternatives to strive one thing new, and within the course of, we develop with it and be taught a lot extra.  

Should you’re a meals grower, what’s one edible you’ve by no means grown earlier than? Decide one now and develop it in your backyard subsequent yr. Likewise, in case you are into flowers, what’s one flower that you’ve got by no means grown earlier than? 

And we are able to all profit from including a local tree or shrub to our panorama. Not solely will it’s lovely and make us comfortable, however with somewhat considerate planning, it’s going to add a lot ecological worth to the surroundings and make habitats more healthy too. And that’s what it’s all about.


tree depth

Decide a species or number of plant, shrub or tree to plant for the primary time subsequent rising season, as a result of after we strive new issues, we develop too.


Because the yr winds down, take a while and provides some thought to what you are able to do so subsequent rising season you possibly can put these ideas into motion.

What proactive steps do you absorb winter to arrange for the gardening yr forward? Tell us within the feedback beneath.

Hyperlinks & Sources

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Episode 080: Placing the Backyard to Mattress: Finish-of-Season Recommendation from Margaret Roach

joegardener weblog: Winter: The Greatest Time to Work on Your Backyard

joegardener On-line Gardening Academy™: Common programs on gardening fundamentals; managing pests, ailments & weeds; seed beginning and extra.

joegardener On-line Gardening Academy Natural Vegetable Gardening: My new premium on-line course membership opens in 2023. Join the waitlist right here.

joegardener On-line Gardening Academy Starting Gardener Fundamentals: Important rules to know to create a thriving backyard.

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