Perennials and Bulbs
- If you’ve been chilling bulbs for winter forcing, they can be brought out once they have plenty of roots and have been chilled for 2-4 months.
- Plant gift bulbs—such as amaryllis and paperwhites—in containers.
- Inspect your stored tender bulbs, and remove any rotten or diseased ones. If they are looking dry or wrinkled, mist the storage medium with a little water.
- Start seeds indoors in a warm window or under a grow light.
Annuals and Containers
- Watch out for pot breakage due to freezing! Keep container plants in protected areas, and move empty pots into storage.
- Add some color and cheer to your containers by tucking in evergreen cuttings or berries.
- Don’t forget to water your containers.
- Even cool-season grasses are going dormant by now. Keep leaves picked up, or mulch some into the lawn. Minimize the stress on your lawn by raking gently.
- Avoid walking or driving on frozen grass.
Fruits and Vegetables
- In cold climates, winterize blackberry and raspberry canes by bundling the canes, bending them over to the ground, and covering with soil or mulch.
- Zones 8 and warmer can enjoy planting and tending to winter vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cabbage, and lettuce.
- Prepare beds for planting in the spring.