Time to Think About the 2022 Garden
Winter sneaked upon us here in the California Valley. I said sneaked because we have not had any cold weather but for a few nights of it getting down to the high 30’s. In this post, I will be discussing my personal garden goals and getting your garden ready for prime garden time, which is just around the corner.
2022 Garden Goals
- To Be more organized and develop a whole garden plan before planting. The chilly winds make it a perfect time to start planning this year’s gardens. I received several seed catalogs last month. When I ordered the seeds, they were here within a few days. Now to control myself and not plant too early for those plants who can’t stand the cold.
- To have a garden journal and keep it up to date. I always start so well and then find I am so lazy about writing everything down by the end of the season. I will strive to be more cognitive about journaling this time. I bought a new unlined journal. During the garden year, I will share my journal with you.
- I developed a form to keep track of my tools and replace them when I se it needs to be done, not wait until I need to use them. I have developed a word table to list al my tools, the date I bought them, date evaluated, and comments for whether they need repair, sharpened, or oiled.
- Grow more of my plants from seeds rather than buying the plants from the nursery. I am currently rebuilding the old chicken house into a garden shed with part of it set up like a miniature greenhouse to start my plants. I will also use it to store my garden tools.
- Learn to enjoy my garden work, rather than looking at it only as work. I need to spend more time in the garden to enjoy it rather than just always scheduling time to work. Although every time ZI look at the beds, I see things that need to be done. I will plant more flowers rather than just all foods.
Tasks for February:
- Make sure beds, planters, and other garden sources are free of weeks, slugs, and wild (or tamed) animal poo.
- It’s time to plant the cool season crops. (either directly sowed into the beds or started in growth pots. Broccoli, cabbage, kale, chard, spinach, and onions.
- Make sure tools are clean, sharpened, and oiled – replace those which you can’t fix. See section on garden tool repairs.
- order seeds and bulbs from the dealers.
- prune trees, bushes, (including roses) before they come out of dormancy (although here is Sacramento, even the grapevines show buds.
- Use a dormant spray on rose bushes, fruit trees and shrubs.
- Be sure to have covers ready fore the beds in case of a surprise frost warning.
- Train your blackberries to a trellis and clip ready for summer growth and production,
- Start seeds indoors or in the greenhouse for summer plants,
- Divide your perennials.