Your garden packed with snow or a few piles of dark slush? Perhaps your balcony is now crowded with lawn chairs in storage. Don’t despair. There are few activities besides just day-dreaming about those spring garden days that you can do during the winter months.
- Spend some serious research time learning what is growing in your area and check out newly available seed and plant selections. Check out www.canadiangardening.com for a good list of Canadian catalogues to browse.
- Read a great Canadian gardening book, e.g. The Edible Garden by Toronto Star Columnist and gardener, Sonia Day
- Evaluate the placement of your evergreens, trees and shrubs and structures on your property. These are far more obvious in the winter. Make notes for changes and additions.
- Tie twine or ribbons (lightly) to damaged or crossing tree and shrub branches. Use these flags as guides on where to prune out limbs in the spring (check to make sure which times for which shrubs).
- After a wet snowfall, check evergreens, especially those around the house affected by snow sliding off the roof. Gently brush heavy snows from branches so they don’t freeze up and break.
- Clean your plant stands and indoor gardening equipment. Have a warmer day? Spray paint a balcony plant stand.
- Make a calendar of when to start seeds; some as early as February.
- If you’ve taken plants indoors such as geraniums, by early March you can start fertilizing them and pruning for spring planting
- Monitor indoor plants for insects and disease. A spray bottle of water mixed with a tsp of dish soap is a good deterrent.
- Top up your bird feeders regularly.
Reference: Toronto Botanical Gardens