Prepare Soil Now for the Spring Garden
Prepare soil for spring planting now while the soil is still workable. In spring it is often too rainy to get in and start an early garden. Work in a few inches of compost and build raised planting beds for better drainage and faster warm up in spring.
Stagger Lettuce Plantings
Plant lettuce in small sections every 2 weeks to keep you in fresh produce all winter. To conserve garden space plant lettuce in between slower maturing winter veggies like cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. By the time these veggies are getting larger the lettuce will be ready to harvest.
Bring Berry-Filled Branches Indoors
Cut branches of berrying plants to brighten an indoor arrangement. Keep in mind that yaupon berries are poisonous. They should be avoided if small children are around. Use good pruning practices when selecting greenery from landscape plants. Don\'t destroy the natural form and beauty of the plant.
Force Bulbs to Brighten Winter Days
Start bulbs for indoor forcing. Paperwhites and amaryllis are among the easiest and are readily available this time of year. A shallow dish with bulbs started for forcing makes a great gift for friends and neighbors. Keep them in a bright location for best results.
Reduce Fertilizer for Indoor Plants
The low light and cooler temperatures of winter mean your houseplants will require less frequent fertilizing. Unless plants are in a very well lighted atrium or very bright window, you can probably cut back fertilizing by half. Also watch soil moisture, as it is easy to overwater during the winter months.