He knows no winter, he who loves the soil,
For, stormy days, when he is free from toil,
He plans his summer crops, selects his seeds
From bright-paged catalogues for garden needs.
When looking out upon frost-silvered fields,
He visualizes autumn’s golden yields;
He sees in snow and sleet and icy rain
Precious moisture for his early grain;
He hears spring-heralds in the storm’s turmoil
He knows no winter, he who loves the soil.
– Sudie Stuart Hager, He Knows No Winter
For the lawn:
- Make sure your lawn mower is tuned up. Have blades cleaned.
In the garden:
- Sharpen and sterilize garden tools.
- Make a cold frame or hot bed to start vegetable and flower plants early.
- Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to protect against pests.
- Remove diseased or damaged branches from trees and shrubs.
- Clean up any weeds before they go to seed or develop roots. Weed now to reduce work later!
- Start brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, and most herbs indoors; keep them in a warm place, but avoid direct sunlight.
- Do you get moles? Set out humane traps.
- Repot houseplants; be sure to provide them with plenty of sunlight and fresh air.
- Invest in a soil thermometer so that you know when the soil is warm enough for seeds to germinate outdoors.
- As soon as the soil is workable, add in manure or compost to prepare your garden for planting.
Photo of Avalanche Lily at Mt. Rainier courtesy of The Columbian.