(Family Features) There may not be a lot you can do in your garden during the winter months, especially if you’re in a colder part of the country. However, there is plenty you can do that will keep you connected to the garden you love while preparing to get your hands dirty next spring.
Evaluate the structure of your garden. The human body has a skeleton that gives it structure. The garden has a similar framework, which is made up of permanent and structural items and plantings. Trees, shrubs, paths, ponds, arbors, trellises and benches are all part of a garden’s bones. With few leaves to get in the way, winter is a good time to see how your garden’s framework is holding up. Study your garden’s bones from all vantage points.
Make sure you have plenty of winter interest. With many plants dying for the winter, gardens can be uninspiring. Gaping holes in the landscape; flattened, nondescript areas; and a distinct lack of color are signs you need to perk things up for winter.
Dream, plan and dream some more. Load up on seed and plant catalogs, research what works in your area, sketch out new ideas, think through plant rearrangements and have some fun making plans for next growing season. When spring finally arrives, you’ll be ready to turn your winter dreaming into reality.
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