The new year has arrived and our lives have begun to settle back into some kind of normal pattern after all the holiday excitement. This is usually the calm season for gardeners between the harvests and cleanup of last fall and the digging and planting of the spring to come.
This is the thinking and planning season for gardeners, when all the new garden seed and plant catalogs arrive to tempt us with new varieties and new plant materials that we just can't live without. In the garden, as in life, it is always time well spent to reflect on the successes and failures of the last growing season, to celebrate the things we have learned and to plan for the next growing season.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan!”
That is a good reason to spend a little time here in the January and February gardening “off season” to plan what you want to tackle in your yard and garden this year.
Do you want or need to add more trees to your landscape? Do you want to start a vegetable garden or make it larger or smaller? Do you want to add a new flower bed? Are some of your shrubs overgrown? Do they need to be cleaned out and replaced with young shrubs? Do you want to start an herb garden, a butterfly garden or kitchen cutting garden? Do you want to add a pond, fountain, patio or hobby greenhouse to your yard?
This is a great season to think about which of these or other gardening projects you want to tackle, and then study and develop a plan while hibernating indoors for these winter months. You can review the seed and plant catalogs that may be in your mailbox or flip through the many great gardening and horticulture magazines.