I love being a gardener in the winter. Not only are there an array of winter plants to cultivate and tend, but the winter season traditionally brings a slower pace to garden life. December is a particularly great time to begin planning for spring. If you haven't started shopping for seeds, now is the best time to jump on line or visit your local nursery, like Civano Nursery or Harlow Gardens, to see what seeds they've started stocking. I like to take a piece of graph paper, rough sketch the layout of my garden, then insert new life in areas where annuals have ended their life cycle or where some color and shade is welcome. Prepare for the busier planting and harvesting seasons quickly approaching by amending soil with manure, compost, and other organic matter. In fact, while you're at the nursery looking at seeds, I recommend investing in a few bags of organic matter to add to your soil now. You will want your beds to be nutrient rich and ready for spring planting; adding amendment now is a great way to rejuvenate your soil and take a little of the heavy work off your list come spring. Clean and oil your gardening tools. If you have a green house or outdoor growing box, make sure they are cleaned and in good repair. And lastly, don't forget to dream about your beautiful garden space in full bloom. This is the best inspiration for shorter days and chilly nights.
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