It's the depths of winter, and our gardens are peacefully slumbering. We've retreated indoors to cozy up to the fire and catch up on our favorite TV shows. But really, as much as we might enjoy the reprieve that winter brings, does your desire to garden ever sleep? Ours doesn't! Luckily, there is seed starting to plan for, and our seed catalog, but there are so many more ways to keep our gardening minds and hands active in the coldest months, both indoors and out. Scroll down for a few of our favorite winter gardening activities.
Harvest Seed Heads and Evergreens
Hydrangeas, Ornamental Grasses, Bamboos, Coneflowers...there are so many lingering items in an early winter garden that can be harvested for little dried posies and arrangements with sprigs of evergreens.
Organize Your Garden Photos
Sort them by garden bed and month for easy reference next year. They'll be so helpful when designing and planting in the rush of spring.
Make a Garden Map
Use your garden photos and recent memory to plot a map of the locations of all of the shrubs and perennials in your garden beds. Be as specific as you can when identifying plants. It'll save you from having to sift through that huge bin of plant tags in your shed when friends ask you what that wonderful perennial is in the front yard! Make notes for next year, too, of design ideas and plants you'd like to add.
Catalog the Birds
If you set up your bird feeder this fall, you've likely got a rainbow of feathered friends visiting you each day now. Start a journal of the birds you spot and ID to see how many species you attract this winter.
Grow Amaryllis and Paperwhites
If you ordered these festive bulbs this fall, it's time to plant them! You'll be amazed at how easy they are to grow, and how much they brighten the darkest days of winter.
Grow Fresh, Healthy Sprouts
The freshest source of vitamin- and mineral-packed veggies this winter is your kitchen counter! It's easy and fun to grow a variety of Sprouts. Find our entire selection HERE
Scatter Poppy Seeds
Poppies are best sown directly into your garden in late fall or winter. Their seeds need the stratification that winter provides, and they also need chilly temperatures to germinate in spring. Find all of our Poppy offerings HERE