This month is about catching up on garden tasks that I put off and preparing for the new garden year. I have already ordered my seeds from Jung's and Territorial Seed Company. I also have some tomato seeds that I saved from my favorite varieties from last summer. I have a lot of extra seeds that I saved and packaged. I will mail them to Trudi at www.wintersown.org. She will redistribute them to gardeners for free.
In addition to ordering seeds, I need to plant two sacks of daffodil bulbs that are sitting on my clothes dryer. I intended to plant them last month but we got an early snow. Nothing says "happy holidays" like standing out in the middle of the first ice storm of the year trying to plant daffodil bulbs before the ground becomes too frozen to dig. The weather forecast for this week suggests that we will have a couple of days with above freezing temperatures. Maybe I can use this opportunity to plant the bulbs in my garden. If not, I can always pot them up, put them in the garage, and force them in April.
Some clean up tasks are also on my agenda. Since we had an early snow this year, I didn't get a chance to finish cleaning up my yard. I need to tidy up the garden a bit and I definitely need to mulch the north side of my house. On the north side, I don't get much sun, so very little grows there. I have dogs and they like to run through this area, which I call the dog corridor, to get to the front part of the house. They like to bark at people and other animals that like to walk on 'their' sidewalk. Unfortunately, since there is no ground cover to speak of on the north side of the house, it becomes a muddy mess whenever there is a thaw. I usually place large chunks of pinebark mulch to cover the ground on this side of the house. The mulch keeps my dogs from loading up their fur with mud and tracking it into the house. The mulch is thin, so I need to add a half dozen or so bags to cover the thin and bare spots. Today looks like it might be a good day to get all of this done.