In the past week, my husband, Kevin, and I have focused on tidying-up tasks:
• Pulling undesirables so they won’t get a jumpstart on us come spring.
• Removing certain no-longer-desirables that don’t serve a purpose as food source or companion plant.
• Mulching around berries and currants to create a cleaner landscape and discourage weeds.
• Transplanting tulip and daffodil bulbs away from annual beds.
• Thinning unruly companion plants that have spread away from their intended homes.
• Painting fruit tree trunks white to reflect sunlight and protect against winter injury.
• Gleaning remaining frost sensitive vegetables, such as eggplant, zucchini and turnips.
• Storing trellises and other support apparatuses.
• Cleaning and prepping seed starting trays and supplies so they’re ready to grab when spring fever strikes.
• Relocating a spare bucketful of red wigglers inside where it’s warm so we can repopulate the compost bin if need be in May.
Along the way, we’ve compiled a wish list of items and tasks to acquire or tackle next year when the garden-keeping resumes!