Winter Solstice Gardening Tips

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It’s officially winter! The days are cold and short, and gardening may not be at the forefront of your mind. But to keep your thumb green you can always do some indoor gardening and start planning for that much-anticipated outdoor gardening!

Time to Reflect and Plan Ahead

A gardener’s work is never done! When plants lie dormant in the winter, it’s time to turn inward and reflect.  What went right and wrong in the garden this past year? What are some exciting ideas you want to implement for next spring? One way to keep the gardening brain working is to start planning your garden for the next growing season. 

Things to reflect on while your garden is dormant:

  • What worked? What didn’t work? 
  • Planning your garden beds
  • Planning your garden layoutsprouted seeds
  • Purchasing seeds
  • Finding recipes to preserve, pickle, cook your harvest
  • Seed saving resources

Growing Indoors

Sprouts, hydroponics, and growing greens in a sunny window are all ways to enjoy delicious home-grown food in the colder months. 

 Sprouting is easy! Check out this article on how to sprout your own seeds: Easy Sprouting How To. Seeds for sprouting are easy to find at health food stores, or from suppliers like Mumm’s Organic Seeds, or West Coast Seeds. Sprouts add a wonderful crunch to salads and sandwiches while giving you the green veg boost you crave especially in winter.

Time to Buy and Start Your Seeds

sprouting seedsThis is the perfect time to peruse seed catalogs and dream about what you want to grow. Check out West Coast Seeds’ catalog for high-quality, organic and ethically grown seeds. 

Starting seeds early gives you a good start on the growing season, especially if you’re waiting for the last frost date to pass. West Coast Seeds has a comprehensive planting guide to help you decide which seeds to start first. Remember to look at the growing zone, time to harvest, and whether the seeds need to be started indoors or outdoors when making your selections. When starting your seeds indoors make sure you have a good growing medium, a potting soil mix or just high quality compost and plenty of space - in case you get carried away. 

Seed-Saving

It’s a great time to think ahead! Maybe you have already saved seeds from your favorite varieties this past season and plan to save even more this year. Seeds of Diversity has excellent resources on how to save your own seeds, and how to join a community of seed-savers. 

Further Your Learning

This winter we are offering a number of courses that will help you expand your ecological knowledge and create an abundant spring and summer garden. Check out our Growing Food course to deepen your knowledge of growing organic food, or our foundational course, Organic Master Gardener, to better understand soil health and the building blocks of your garden.