Winter Gardening Planner

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

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  • 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.
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