For most parts of the US and Canada, your gardens are put to bed for the winter. The ground is quite cold; in fact, too frozen to plant anything and/or it is also snow covered. You have read every garden book, magazine and started following a slew of new garden blogs. Even your garden catalogs are in order. So what do you do? Winter Gardening of course!
I recently visited Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum in Nashville on a chilly and overcast Saturday morning. I was there to check out the beautiful Christmas trees and live reindeer that are part of their “Holiday at Cheekwood” event.
Q: What is the earliest time you can start planting in the spring/after frost free day? How do you know what your frost free day is?
Now that is the million dollar question isn’t it? We’re always so itchy for spring to come that we often times plant sooner than we should. You can plant early you just have to be prepared for frost and freeze warning and be willing to cover your plants so they are not lost, causing one to replant.
With this winter’s temperatures dipping lower than in recent years throughout much of the country, some plants may have been lost while others are only damaged. Don’t be overzealous in removing them from the garden. Established woody plants with top growth killed stand a good chance of returning from their roots. It could be as late as June before you know for sure.
Question: It’s the middle of winter. What types of things should I being doing in my yard and garden now to get ready for spring?
Answer: It may be cold or snowy where you live, or if you’re lucky it’s sunny and warm, but regardless of the weather, there are many things, indoor and out, that you can do now as well as to prepare for the upcoming gardening season. Just a few tips include: