To say that February can be frigid is an insult to the definition of “frigid.” While you may not have the luxury of a heated greenhouse, there are still plenty of things you can do now to prep your garden for the growing season.
When the temperatures climb above freezing, take some time to do a bit of preventative maintenance in your yard and garden. Inspect bulbs, corms, and tubers that you stored for the upcoming season. Make sure they aren’t rotting or drying out.
Survey your landscape and identify areas that need pruning in the next few months.
Pruning helps shape plants and trees and removing dead or damaged branches focuses nutrients on the healthiest parts of the tree.
Keep an eye out for any ice damage. For larger trees, it’s best to let any accumulated ice melt on its own. But for smaller ice-covered trees and plants, (if temperatures allow,) you can stand to the side of the branches and gently tap the ends to help the ice break and fall. Don’t forget to wear a hard hat and goggles!
If you love growing from seeds, now’s the time to start prepping! The ideal time to start seeds is roughly 5 to 7 weeks before the ground is ready to receive the transplants. In the Eau Claire area, the timeframe for starting seeds indoors is typically early to mid-March.
Even Jack Frost can’t keep a gardener from preparing for the spring growing season!
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