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50+ Winter Gardening Projects to Tackle in the Off Season

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It’s winter and you’re stuck inside even though you’d so much rather be outside working in the garden. Right?? Well, I can’t do anything about the cold out there, but I can assure you that there are plenty of winter gardening projects to tackle that will tide you over until springtime. This is the prime time for you to lay out all your garden ideas and decide which ones will get your attention come springtime.

herbs in white ceramic pots -- gardening projects to tackle during winter

Winter gardening means seed catalogs galore

We all know the joy of the first seed catalog arriving in our mailbox. But let’s talk for a minute about your seed system. Yeah, that’s what I thought. If it’s at all like mine, it needs work, and that makes it a perfect gardening project to tackle while the weather is wintry.

kitchen garden in wooden raised beds with greens and yellow flowers

Plan to make your garden dreams a reality

There are some things to consider beyond which vegetables you want to grow. Think about the harvest you’re aiming for, and how you hope you’re garden will look.

green bean plant with wine cork marker

Gardening projects to make ahead of garden season

Set up a work bench in the garage (or the kitchen) and you’ll stay dry while you work on these gardening projects to get ahead of the game.

winter garden projects: Top, plant marker on clay pot, bottom, windowsill herb garden

Prepping for planting season

It might seem like longer spring days are eons away, but you can get a head start without stepping outside.

popcorn microgreens in soil

Indoor winter gardening projects

Even in the dead of winter, you can grow some of your food. You might have to supplement with a good grow light, but in the long run it will be less expensive than paying a premium for costly produce that’s not in season.

Sprouting Lentils for Protein-Packed Sandwiches, Salads, and Wraps

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Kris Bordessa

Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle.

5 comments… add one
  • Just Plain Marie Jan 26, 2015, 11:03 am

    Oh, my, what an awesome post. I’ve pinned it and now I need to find time to go through all of those. Thank you.

  • Candi Jan 26, 2015, 5:12 pm

    Wow! Looks like we have plenty to keep us busy. Spring will be here in no time. I’m enjoying the fires & the couch!

  • Greg Jan 28, 2015, 6:40 am

    I didn’t know sweet potato leaves are edible. I was intrigued by the photo of all the nice leafy outgrowth from the sweet potato. Now I’m curious know what they taste like.

  • Chris Dec 2, 2015, 6:24 am

    Thanks for sharing Robin’s post on paper seedling starter pots, Kris. He’s still getting some visitors from it.

    I can really use some of these ideas right now (December). It is so dark and snowy here that thinking about my garden and next year gives me hope.

  • McKenzie Jan 17, 2016, 4:11 am

    I am so glad I found this on Pinterest. I have planned a garden for only two years now and am very much a beginner. The first year was decent and last year was horrible. I just didn’t have enough time to get out there with work and my long commute. I’m now staying home with my son and am planning on a big garden this year to also help keep the grocery bill down. This has inspired me to get started and get organized. Thanks so much!!

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