▪ Read catalogs and dream. Order seeds early, taking care not to order if you still have viable seeds from last year.
▪ Check stored vegetables frequently, removing those that have rot or other spoilage indicators.
▪ If you haven’t already, cover compost pile with tarp to prevent rain and snow from leaching nutrients out of the pile.
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▪ Plant onion, shallot and leek seeds indoors.
▪ Inventory holdings in freezer and pantry so you can plan what to include and how much to plant in your veggie garden this year.
▪ Inspect garden tools. Remove any rust. Sharpen spades.
▪ Check the “bones” of your landscaping for visual appeal, and make plans to improve it with added shrubs or hardscaping.
▪ Plant seeds of broccoli, cabbage and other cole crops indoors.
▪ Prune trees/shrubs (except for spring bloomers such as forsythia and lilacs), trees and grapevines.
▪ Late in the month, begin removing winter mulch.