While it may be frigid outside, here Around the Garden Center, we are always thinking about what can be done in the garden, even during the wintertime.  Today we want to talk about a few gardening ideas to keep in mind as we start a new year.

If you who received holiday plants or poinsettias, be sure they are near a bright window and water as the top of soil becomes dry. Many holiday plants can last many years with proper care.

When the cold keeps you inside, an obvious place to look is caring for your houseplants.  Keep in mind that many of them prefer a humid, warm environment. Increase humidity around houseplants by grouping plants together, placing them on pebble-water trays, or running a humidifier. Houseplants typically do not need fertilized in the winter, but do water them as needed. Now is also a good time to repot those that have outgrown current pots.

Seeds, Seeds, Seeds!  You can begin preparing for your outdoor garden now by starting to seed indoors.  Some items you’ll need to start your indoor seeding are starting trays, starting mix, seeds, and lights.  Also, be thinking about what seeds you want to plant outside and how you want to space and arrange your garden.  By sketching out a design you’ll know how to plan and can develop your spring shopping list.

The next time you go outside, make a point to check out what kind of shape your garden is in.  Take a look at any trees you have for damage on the lower trunks.  With all the ice and snow we’ve had, try and keep road and sidewalk salt away from desirable landscaping plants.

The most important thing you can do in the middle of winter is plan for the spring.  It’ll be here before you know it, and it is imperative that you have a plan in place for exactly how you want your yard or garden to look and feel.  Stop by one of our locations and ask one of our friendly associates for help with whatever upcoming project you want to plan.  We will have a solution that will make your outdoor space come alive!  As always, we’ll see you “Around the Garden Center”!