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Winter Gardening Planner

Consult this handy checklist for wintertime care and maintenance of your garden.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
To attract birds to your bird box, make sure the entrance is big enough for a bird but too small for a larger predator to enter.

  • Plan your vegetable and flower beds.
  • Order flower and vegetable seeds.
  • Group containers for stability in high winds and for insulation.
  • Wrap terra-cotta pots in bubble plastic or pack in mulch for frost protection.
  • Harvest winter crops.
  • Build a raised bed.
  • Put up new bird boxes.
  • Prune wisteria, and most trees, including apples and pears, in late winter.
  • Plant bare-root trees and shrubs in late winter.
  • Take root cuttings from perennials.
  • Prune late-flowering clematis.
  • Prune trees to create multistemmed specimens.
  • Chit potatoes in late winter to plant in spring.

Any Time of Year

  • Make a compost bin; fill, turn and empty when necessary.
  • Make a wooden obelisk.
  • Create a bog garden.
  • Dig out a pond.
  • Make a border and lawn edge.
  • Make a rose arch.
  • Check tree ties, and loosen if necessary.
  • Look out for pests and diseases, and take appropriate action.
  • Cut out dead or diseased wood.
  • Clean all cutting tools after use to prevent spreading plant diseases.

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

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