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Plan now to make your spring easier!

It amazes me that 26° can feel so warm after all these days below zero, it almost feels like a heat wave! It all so relative, isn't it? Enjoy the sunshine while we have it!

Wondering what to do with the 64 days until spring? This is a great time to do some garden planning and even some dreaming too! Take a mental spin through your 2014 garden, or review your notes or photos. If you didn’t make/take any, resolve to keep records in 2015. List anything you want to do more or less or just plain differently. Now would be the time to treat yourself to a new garden journal or notebook.

Here are a couple of questions to ask yourself to get you started:

  • Does one season need some added visual excitement? Now would be a great time to research what plants and flowers shine during that season.

  • Or in the vegetable garden, was there a crop you wish you’d enjoyed over a longer span, not just a momentary harvest? Planning ahead can help to rectify these areas.

  • Would you like to have more garden flowers for indoor vases? Consider a cutting garden.

  • Did the wildlife in the area feast on your garden? Research deer/animal resistant plants but always keep in mind that deer will eat anything if they are really hungry.

And remember, all gardeners learn by trying and seeing what works. We all kill plants as we find out what doesn’t work. So please don’t think that you’re not a good gardener if something didn't do well or died in your garden last year. You are learning and gaining experience that will help you be a better gardener in the future.

Here's to a great 2015!


Laura Valence

Wenke Greenhouses

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