I usually love winter, but not this year.  So far winter has been a bit dreary. We have not received the normal snowfall, and we have been experiencing nasty inversions. Our winter has thus far been grey and smoggy and bleak. It is no wonder some suffer from the Winter Blues.

Today I experienced a bright spot. In the mail I received my first seed catalog of the season! Perusing beautiful catalogs with pages full of bright flower colors, scrumptious veggies and luscious berries is my little piece of summer in January.

I absolutely love flipping through the bright beautiful photographs while dreaming of my veggie garden and flower borders.

Although it is January there is still plenty to do in your garden. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

  • Now is the time to begin collecting seed and plant catalogs: Thoroughly read before ordering seeds and plants.
  • Begin planning your garden. Plan the rotation of your vegetables for maximum yield as well as pest prevention. Make sure the seeds/plants you want match your zone and are well suited for the area you want to plant them.
  • Sort and check seed packs you already own. Most seeds are good for 3 years. Check the expiration date on your packages discarding those that have expired.
  • Read garden books and magazines for new inspiration.
  • Look at the bones of your garden. Without foliage you are better able to see where your garden needs more structure. Is your garden still beautiful and interesting in the winter? If not what changes can be made to make it beautiful year round?
  • Take a walk around your yard and look for damaged plants and trees. Prune dead or broken branches from trees and shrubs.

If you find winter is getting you down, take advantage of warmer days by heading outside and letting the sun shine on you.

Enjoy your seed catalogs. Let them take you away to sunny summer days, delicious salted tomatoes and green grass.

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