Gardeners have it tough in the winter… after the holidays are over, we are anxious to get garden planning for the upcoming year.
So while we stare out the window hugging our cup of tea plotting the makeover of that garden bed hidden under that blanket of snow,
we are always in our garden even if it’s just in our mind.
Here’s 5 things we can do while we wait for warmer days.
#1. Garden Planning
Sometimes we can just go out there, tackle an over run bed and make decisions on the fly. But doing a little garden planning ahead of venturing out with hoe in hand is not only an effective time management tool, but it can save you a lot of unnecessary back pain too.
If your a techy try these app’s that can help you stay organized
Garden Plan Pro is a great garden planning app for the IPad user. You can create plans, select plants from over 140 varieties and edit them as you go.
Companion Planting is an inexpensive app that can help you plan out what goes where for best results, your first step in intergrated pest management.
Garden Tracker- Bumper Crop let’s you plot out the veggie bed and keep track of your harvests.
#2. Seed Shopping
This is a favorite pastime in January and February for every gardener. We can flip through the pages of a catalog or visit hundreds of companies on line right there at our finger tips.
If organic, non-gmo, and heirloom are some of your criteria for garden planning this year, then I have a post for you. I took the time selecting a few good ones for you to check out:
Wednesday January 8th for a round-up post on some incredible tips for selecting seeds and seed supplier recommendations from a few gardenista’s that really know their stuff….
#3. Discover New Garden Trends
There’s always something new and amazing on the market in our genre. Whether it’s a fancy tool or a unique hybrid, it’s fun to check out sites on line that will give you the latest digs.
Here’s a few favorites of mine to visit:
#4. Connect with other Gardeners on-line.
The best place to do this is on a social media site. Both Google+ and Facebook have tons of groups that are open for new people to join. Just search for groups and ask for an invite… it’s great to share pictures, ask advice, and share your garden planning tips with other gardeners just like you.
In addition to groups, there is thousands of Garden Bloggers who have their own Facebook pages. If you want to see what their up to and all their latest creations, be sure to like and comment often so they keep showing up in your feed.
The Garden Charmers is a group of Top Garden Bloggers all contributing to the same feed. From recipes, to garden tips and just fantastic photo’s sharing garden love… this is a page you definitely want to give your like to:
#5. Give those Houseplants some love.
January is my houseplant love time. My green interior friends get a shower ( oh yes, they actually go into the shower stall ) some fresh soil and potting up if necessary.
I always add a plant spike or two to round out my liquid feeding schedule and remove all dead debris. Quite often they look a lot thinner after this, but I can almost here them breath a big sign of relief.
So there is 5 Things a Gardener can do until spring to feed the itch. Or if you just can’t handle the wait, you can start early like I did…
Happy garden planning and may your gardens be abundant in 2014.
Peace Love Garden
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