As this year’s gardening season is winding down, it’s time for gardener’s to take their reprieve and begin making a checklist for winter gardening. Gardening never comes to a complete halt but by thinking ahead with a checklist for winter gardening, you can leisurely enjoy some gardening chores without digging in the dirt.
A checklist for winter gardening is easy to do. You won’t have much, if any, outdoor gardening chores on your checklist for winter gardening, but you will have other items that will help keep you busy until next spring. Most gardeners that I know are always “itching” to do something with plants even in the dead of winter. So, here’s a checklist of winter gardening chores to focus on during the winter months.
Houseplants Should Be First on Your Checklist for Winter Gardening
This is the first item on my checklist for winter gardening. Most gardeners not only enjoy gardening outdoors, but they usually have a houseful of plants indoors. I know I do. During the spring and summer months, my houseplants usually get somewhat neglected as I’m busy with my outdoor chores. They aren’t totally neglected, but they could use more attention. After the first frost has occurred, houseplants are first on my checklist for winter gardening.
I dust the leaves, mist them, trim them, repot them if necessary, and give them my undivided attention. I move sensitive plants such as succulents and cactus, away from windows where the air is cooler so that they don’t catch a chill and shrivel up. I rearrange my houseplants from room to room.
My houseplant checklist for winter gardening also means that it’s time to bring out the indoor bulb plants such as my amaryllis and begin watering it. If I want my indoor bulb plants to flower, I need to prepare them now.
Catch Up on Gardening Magazines
The second item on my checklist for winter gardening is something that I look forward to. I now have the time to sit down and read my gardening magazines. Gardening magazines are a great source of information from fellow gardeners around the country. I learn about new tips and tricks to do things and new plants that have been introduced. I enjoy the pictures in the magazines during the cold winter months. The colorful pictures give me inspiration to do a better job in my garden next year and to create something new.
If you don’t subscribe to any gardening magazines, that’s no problem. Create a sub-item to your checklist for winter gardening to make a visit to the magazine section of your grocery store or local newsstand. Purchase one or two gardening magazines and decide if you’d like to subscribe to any of them. They’re a great resource.
Plan For A New Garden
This item on my checklist for winter gardening is one of the last things I do during the winter season. It’s last because I like to go through my gardening magazines and different websites looking for new plants and ideas. Sometime around January, after the busy holidays, I begin to think about and plan for a new garden in my yard. Sometimes it’s a very small space that I’m planning for, but nevertheless, I begin to plot my ideas on graph paper.
If I’ve read about a new plant that sounds interesting and might be good in my Zone, then I figure out where to put this plant in my yard and jot it down. For instance, Monrovia introduced several new coneflowers this year and I bought two different types and have planted them. To read about them, just click on Monrovia.
I usually purchase one plant of anything new to see how it does and if any of the wildlife will eat it. If the plant successfully lives for a second season, then I may incorporate more of this plant into my landscape next year.
Last but not least, this item on my checklist for winter gardening is a key item throughout the late fall and winter months. It’s time to give my shoulders, knees, and back a rest from all that digging and bending. I not only rest my body, but I strengthen it by using my indoor gym and weights. Exercising will help me in the spring when I begin to dig and bend again.
The above items are the most important for my checklist for winter gardening, and you may come up with one or two others that are important items to add to your checklist for winter gardening. By keeping a checklist, you’ll get more accomplished and won’t feel so pressured when spring comes around.
Enjoy your gardener’s reprieve!
Source: Personal Experience