- If the weather permits, prune the dead wood from shrubs such as lilacs.
- Wash pots and trays for seed-sowing later on.
- Make a crop-rotation plan for the vegetable patch.
- Call a tree surgeon and ask for a long term plan for pruning and tree removal.
- Check the dates of your old seed packets, throw out those that are past their viable date. This could be years for peas, beans, beets and tomatoes, sooner for lettuce, parsley and onions. You can test viability by placing seeds on a wet paper towel and keeping in a warm place. If they don’t germinate well, throw them out.
- Sift through seed catalogs and start ordering for the year.
- If it snows, as predicted, lift the weight from your evergreens by beating the plants gently from below with a broom. Working from above can break the overladen branches.
A Check List of Timely Tasks