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 garden 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.
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.
- Choose some perennials for the bees [Attainable Sustainable]
- Organizing seeds with a filing system [Learning and Yearning]
- Create a garden seed inventory [Urban Overalls]
- Consider these no-fail options [Attainable Sustainable]
- Organizing and storing your seeds [Homestead Honey}
- Photo album seed organizer [Montana Homesteader]
- A simple seed viability test [Homestead Honey]
- Add buckwheat to your seed order [Attainable Sustainable]
Plan to Make Your Garden Ideas 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.
- Determine how much to plant to feed your family [Montana Homesteader]
- Garden planning based on what your family eats [Little Mountain Haven]
- How many tomato plants do you need? [Attainable Sustainable]
- Use an app for garden planning [Little Mountain Haven]
- Identifying your garden soil [Montana Homesteader]
- Schedule your planting with a free printable [Homespun Seasonal Living]
- Figure out how to maximize the space you have. [Attainable Sustainable]
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 projects to get ahead of the game.
- Make a $5 worm composter [Attainable Sustainable]
- Build simple seed starter shelves [Common Sense Homesteading]
- Make a wooden newspaper pot form [Turning for Profit]
- Build bamboo trellises [Attainable Sustainable]
- Make newspaper pots [Urban Overalls]
- Build a tower to grow 17 plants in one square foot of land [Attainable Sustainable]
- Make seed mats for square foot gardening [Grow a Good Life]
- Make your own seed tape [Learning and Yearning]
- Upcycle canning lids into plant markers [Homespun Seasonal Living]
- DIY self-watering container [Grow a Good Life]
- Make an upside-down tomato planter [Attainable Sustainable]
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Prepping for Planting
It might seem like longer spring days are eons away, but you can get a head start without stepping outside.
- Get set up for seed starting
- Think about low tunnels for an early start [Mother of a Hubbard]
- Save your egg shells for the garden [Attainable Sustainable]
- Start saving your coffee grounds for bug control [Common Sense Homesteading]
- Consider winter sowing [The 104 Homestead]
Grow an Indoor Winter Garden
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.
- Grow herbs in a windowsill garden [Attainable Sustainable]
- Harvest pea shoots [Joybilee Farm]
- Grow sweet potato leaves [Attainable Sustainable]
- 9 Greens you can grow during the winter [The Prairie Homestead]
- Grow lettuce indoors this winter [Attainable Sustainable]
- Regrow food from veggie scraps [Happy Money Saver]
- Grow sprouts in just a week [Attainable Sustainable]
- Learn to sprout seeds, greens, and beans [Tasty Yummies]
- Grow herbs indoors [Grow a Good Life]
- Try popcorn sprouts [Attainable Sustainable]