You can't get out in your garden so you might as well sit back and do some armchair gardening.
What’s armchair gardening you say? Armchair gardening is something that happens at this time of year. When the snow is on the ground and Jack Frost is nipping at our noses, gardeners begin gathering the new seed catalogues like squirrels hoarding nuts for the winter as they start to plan for the upcoming garden season. You will find all the green thumbs cozied up with their gardening books, planners and catalogues. There they will sit with highlighters and coloured pencils all in array while they juggle their catalogue with a design book and graph of their yard. They scheme and they dream of building new structures and designing new gardens. They size up their needs and note them one by one — gloves, rubber wellies, trowel, new hostas — as if they were set to go shopping later that day. Oh, they sit, and they stare as sweet visions of spring fill their minds, longing for mud covered gloves and even occasionally, missing their aching backs.
In all seriousness, armchair gardening can be a very productive activity. It gives you the opportunity to look over the last year and draw diagrams of new garden plots or decide where to move what in the spring. You can inventory what seeds you have, will need and note what did well for you the year before.
Now is the time to decide what your master plan will be for the upcoming year. Will you focus on growing the tallest hollyhocks, creating a cutting garden or investigating companion planting for the vegetable garden? Maybe this is the year you start your new compost pile, put in a pond, or decide to try your hand at permaculture. Are you thinking about putting in a dry creek bed, a water feature, an irrigation system? Draw it out, all of your aspirations for your ideal yard and then slowly year by year you can start to make them happen.
There is nothing quite like sitting with a cup of hot tea and planning your garden for the following year, other than being in the garden, that is. It’s the ideal time to gather several new catalogues and gardening magazines for ideas. These dreams will hopefully hold us through until we begin to start our indoor seeds or visit the first garden show of the season.
Winter is a time for dreaming and some of the best ideas happen when you dream.
Although the weather outside is frightful, planning next years garden is delightful.