There are numerous winter chores that can help to expedite the spring planting season. Too often the frosts of fall lay everything flat, and folks wait for spring before they clean the beds, tools, structures, etc. But the fall and winter are the perfect time to prep for spring’s growing season. In fact, the cleaner everything is when spring arrives, the better the chances that pests and disease won’t have too firm a foothold in your growing efforts.
If you have a structure such as a greenhouse or sunroom then it’s a good idea to clean and disinfect the windows, both inside and out. Cleaning the windows will help to remove the spores of moss and algae, and hopefully remove the common detritus in which pests can make a home. Once the glass is cleaned, then sweep the floors and thoroughly clean out the nooks and crannies. If there are pots or other growing supplies that you plan to reuse then make sure to also clean and appropriately disinfect each one.
It’s also a good idea to take note of the tools, making sure that everything is clean and in working order. If you find that some of your tools need sharpening, then now is the time to do it. Sharper tools will be more efficient and accurate. If you plan to start seeds indoors, then make sure that your equipment is working before you begin.
And when it comes to seeds, now is the time to start planning your vegetables, fruits, or flowers. Take note of the seeds that have carried over from seasons past, and the types you’ll need to acquire (Winter is the best season to begin stockpiling seeds, especially uncommon varieties).
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