By Candee Stark
Ok, the title "winter gardening" might be a tad bit misleading. I am not suggesting that you actually garden during the winter but you should be using this time to plan your upcoming garden. As you look out at your yard and garden area during the cold months of winter, let your thoughts run wild and you will be amazed at what images you can conjure up. You might even want to try some of your new found ideas this spring!
Pour through garden catalogs, flip the pages and fold down the corner anytime you find something you like. Go back to it often until you decide what new plants and flowers you would like to try this spring.
Purchase a gardening book or magazine. Look at what other people are trying in their gardens and see if their ideas inspire you to try something new.
Look out your windows and try to visualize how you would like your yard and garden to look like. Study the sun....notice the shady spots.
Make a list of what is important to you, in other words, what do you want from your yard and garden? Do you want to create a patio area for entertaining, a vegetable garden so you grow all of your own vegetables, a quiet area for relaxing, or maybe an area that will attract wildlife. Anything is possible but it is important to recognize what you want before you actually start any gardening project. Ultimately, knowing what you want will save time and money!
Take lots of notes and draw any ideas you might come up with.
(Even those ideas that wake you up in the middle of the night!)
Of course, visit online nurseries to see what they have to offer. Many sites offer suggestions and interesting gardening articles as well.
Before you know it spring will be here, you will have a shovel in your hand, and you will have a plan! Happy Gardening!
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