Plan in winter for summer’s yard projects


Have you made your list and checked it twice? Fall and winter are good times to sit down and make a to-do list for next spring’s yard and garden projects.

  • Have you purchased seeds? They should be started indoors about six weeks before the last frost in your area. That way, by the time the ground and temperatures are warming, they’re ready to be put in the ground. (Some seeds can be planted in the fall, giving them a head start for the coming spring. The seed packets will tell you which ones.)
  • Have you sketched out where you’ll move any transplants and the dimensions of any new garden areas you want to add?
  • What plants will you buy for your flowerpots?
  • Where will you establish a composting area? It can be very simple: a flat area near your house or garden where you can put an old trash can with holes poked in the side; a rectangle of hay bales or cement blocks, open in the center to hold composting matter; or a circle of mesh fencing. List the materials you’ll need.
  • Do you want to prep your soil, as weather permits? Top-dress garden beds with organic compost or seasoned manure. Fold organic compost into it or other organic amendments.
  • Are your garden tools ready to go, cleaned free of caked-on dirt and rust? Add a coat of oil to metal parts.
  • Plan to save your plant containers for starting seeds next year.

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