Tuesday’s Tips

Oh boy! We’re not even deep into winter yet and we’re already scratching our heads trying to come up with some tips that are worth writing about. Sure there’s lots we could do, but turkeys, and pies, and the big questions, “How many people are actually going to show up for Thanksgiving dinner?” and “How in heaven’s name are we going to get it all done in time?” keep sucking up all the brain power.

Here are a couple of little tips that we’ll be expanding on in the coming weeks.

Feeding the Birds

Haven’t gotten around to cutting down all those perennials? Never fear. We suggest you follow in the footsteps of our dear Dad who, when questioned about this exact “oversight” by a persistently nosey neighbor lady, always responded, “I’m feeding the birds.”

But, really, if you leave some of your perennials and their seed heads standing, you’ll be providing forage and shelter for the birds. It’s a win-win situation. You can wait until spring to cut them down. And it’ll add some interest to your winter landscape. Think about how pretty they’ll look when they’re dusted with snow. Which brings us to our next tip.

Garden Structure and Winter Interest

Winter is the perfect time to take a good look at your garden structure. Here we are referring to the bones of your garden. Without all those leaves and flowers to distract you, you can really see the bigger picture. Look to see if you have any big holes in your landscape that need to be filled in. Are there any plants that need to be moved in the spring? And what do you have in your garden that provides winter interest (aside from withered perennials)? There are lots of plants that will provide form and even some color in the winter months. We’ll be doing a post on this topic in the coming weeks.

Apologies for the short post, but right now we’ve got to clear out the storage/guest room, wash the windows, and get some groceries. Let the baking begin!

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