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Winter Chores

Ecclesiastes 3 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”  For gardeners, winter is the time for the chores suited to colder temperatures and the dormancy of plants.  Like sleeping dogs and children, we leave the plants alone during their sleepy time, just checking to make sure they’re still breathing from time to time!  While the sun is forgiving and the weeds are taking a welcome break, we focus on jobs that might be more challenging during the eager planting of spring or the oppressive heat of summer.  Now is the time to build a new potting shed, crank up the chipper, and prepare new beds for planting.  Now is the time to rebuild the compost windrow in anticipation of the need for soil amendments.  And here in north Texas, now is the time to start vegetable seedlings inside, plant onions and potatoes outside, and place one more order for those hard-to-find transplants from the plant catalog.  Spring will be here in a moment.  We want to be ready!

Shalom, y’all!

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