HOME (Indoor plants and activities)
Check water levels in cut flowers daily.
Check stored produce and flower bulbs for rot, shriveling or excess
moisture. Discard damaged material.
Most houseplants require less water in winter months because growth
is slowed or stopped. Check soil for dryness before watering.
Move houseplants to brighter windows, but don't place plants in drafty
places or against cold windowpanes.
Early blooms of spring-flowering bulbs can make good gifts for a sweetheart.
Keep the plant in a bright, cool location for longer-lasting blooms.
Forced bulbs make poor garden flowers and should be discarded as blooms
YARD (Lawns, woody ornamentals and fruits)
Choose appropriate species and cultivars of plants, and begin drawing
Cut branches of forsythia, pussy willow, crabapple, quince, honeysuckle
and other early spring-flowering plants to force into bloom indoors.
Place the branches in warm water, and set them in a cool location.
Check mulches, rodent shields, salt/wind screens and other winter plant
protection to make sure they are still in place.
Prune landscape plants, except early spring bloomers, which should
be pruned after flowers fade. Birches, maples, dogwoods and other heavy
sap bleeders can be pruned in early summer to avoid the sap flow, although
bleeding is not harmful to the tree.
Fruit trees also should be pruned now.
GARDEN (Flowers, vegetables and small fruits)
Order seeds before it's too late for this year's planting.
Sketch garden plans, including plants to replace or replant crops that
are harvested in spring or early summer.
Prepare or repair lawn and garden tools for the upcoming season.
Start seeds indoors for cool-season vegetables so they will be ready
for transplanting to the garden early in the season. Broccoli, cauliflower
and cabbage seeds should be started five to seven weeks prior to transplanting.
Test leftover garden seed for germination. Place 10 seeds between moist
paper toweling or cover with a thin layer of soil. Keep seeds warm and
moist. If less than six seeds germinate, then fresh seed should be purchased.