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  • Keep watering your holiday plants and give them plenty of light
  • Check houseplants and any plants you brought indoors for the winter, for insects that may have hitched a ride. With the heat on, they can multiply quickly.
  • Also check any bulbs, corms, tubers and bare root plants for dessication or rot
  • Start eating those stored vegetables and think about planting more winter squash next year
  • Feed the birds

Zones 6 and Lower

  • Keep an eye out for bark damage from ice rabbits, deer....
  • Spray broadleaf evergreens with anti-desiccant, to prevent dehydration.
  • Use the branches from your Christmas tree as protective mulch
  • Keep watering newly planted trees and shrubs


  • Order from catalogs
  • Rework your garden design
  • Review last year's journal and start a new one for this year by recording your seed/plant orders
  • Check your stored bulbs and veggies
  • Check plants for heaving
  • Recycle your Christmas tree as garden mulch or a bird feeder
  • Feed the birds and provide them with some unfrozen water
  • Take a gardening class
  • Sharpen your tools

Cold Climates

  • Start cool season seeds like cauliflower, leeks and geranium seeds
  • Zones 7+ can start seeds of slow growing annuals like ageratum, nicotiana petunias, portulaca, snapdragons and verbena and direct seed plants that need a period of cold (stratification).
  • Check outdoor plants for animal damage
  • Check indoor plants for pests


  • Finish up your seed and plant orders
  • Keep an eye on houseplant pests
  • Get your garden tools in order

Cold Regions (Zone 7 and Lower)

  • Prune trees and shrubs, both ornamentals and fruit
  • Check flower beds for plants that may have heaved
  • Replace mulch as needed
  • Check outside plants and trees for animal damage
  • Cut some branches for forcing indoors
  • Rejuvenate holly bushes with a hard pruning
  • Check evergreens for sign of desication
  • Start seeds of cool season vegetables and flowers
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