Spring seems so far away. What do we do with ourselves through these cold, dark months while we wait for the soil to warm and the sprouts to emerge? Read below for some gardening ideas and projects to keep you from going stir crazy this winter!
- Garden inside! Start a windowsill garden for herbs and microgreens to enjoy all winter long.
- Make a worm farm and start producing your own nutrient rich fertilizer and compost (lots of instructions available online).
- Feed the birds for endless entertainment. Dry fruit, roll pine cones in peanut butter and seeds or find recipes for homemade suet blocks online and make them in fun cookie cutter shapes. Hang them in the trees and watch the fun.
- Spend a cold day inside painting flower pots in bright, fun colors. Get the kids to help and let your imagination run wild.
- Now is the time to study. Check out gardening books from your local library and start planning! All gardening books are now on sale. Stock up now and build your own home library.
- Make your own DIY seed tape. Kids love this activity and you’ll have perfectly spaced seedlings.
- Start a garden journal. Record what worked for you and what didn’t, keep an inventory of your seeds, tools and other supplies.
- Spend some time going through your gardening tools. Clean and sharpen those that need it and record anything that needs to be replaced in your garden journal.
- Test your soil or have it tested at your local extension office. You’ll have time to figure out what you need to supplement.
- Start a garbage garden, kids love this idea! Regrow kitchen scraps such as onions, celery and avocado pits.
- Take advantage of end of year sales and stock up on seeds and supplies at a discount.
Instill an excitement for gardening in your children and involve them in some of these projects. Kids love to see the progress of their seeds in their own hand painted pots or seed tape. Be patient, Spring will be here before you know it!