3 Things To Keep Gardeners Busy During The Winter Months.
For most of us gardeners, winter can come as a pleasant reprieve, from all the hard work in the Summer sun. However, around mid January, we become antsy waiting for the first burst of Spring Sun and planting time.
Learning to use this time wisely could be important for your new gardening season. Here are a few things to help you pass the time until Spring shows up and you get to play in the dirt again.
 Seed Catalogs
Seed catalogs are a gardeners best friend, during the winter months. Set aside an hour or so everyday to explore the pages of your seed catalogs. Learn about the new plants or find an old favorite you had forgotten about. Check out all the new gardening techniques and make plans for the ones you want to try out. Soon the last thing on your mind will be the cold weather in the middle of winter.
 Organized and Clean Your Tools
[A] Gather all your tools together and take a good look at them. Some may need to be replaced but most will only need a good cleaning. Shake and scrape off any dirt or debris. Use a steel wool product to get down to the metal. Run a coarse sand paper over the wooden handles. Once you have this done, you might want to paint the wooden parts and spray the metal parts with an oil by-product to keep it from rusting.
[B] Make an inventory of any seeds you had left from the last season. Most seeds, if stored properly, will still be good to plant the next year. You might have a little less germination but your plants from these seeds will be as good as any from a new set of seeds.
[C] Start stocking up on gardening supplies. Mulch, potting soil, fertilizer and seedling containers can be bought cheaper in the off season sales.
Order seeds and plants from those seed catalogs you have been reading. The seed company will send them to you when your zone becomes warm enough to plant them.
 Join An Online Gardening Group
Joining people of like mind, during the winter months can become very handy during the growing season. Having someone or many some ones to answer question that can come up through out the year could make the difference in you having good results from your gardening efforts or having nothing to show for all your hard work.
If you do not know any gardening blogs or sites, just type “garden blogs” into your search engine and in seconds you will have hundreds show up. Give yourself time to check out a few before deciding which one to join. Once you introduce yourself to the room, expect lots of feedback from any questions you ask.
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