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Gardening has been a lifelong passion for Wende and she’d like to share her passion with her readers. Follow her as she writes about her gardening adventures, lists tasks to do depending on the season, and gives easy to understand gardening advice.

Gardening Task for January (While We Wait For Spring)

care, garden, spring, winter, planning, container gardening

Winter is hard to wait out for a gardener, but there are things that you can do now to prepare for the spring planting season...

Inventory and clean your pot collection. New ones are not cheap, and it's easy to get the old ones back into shape. First, scrape out any residue. Soak very dirty pots in a tub or scrub them with a sponge. Finally, sterilize everything in a diluted bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) and air-dry.

Browse through your garden magazines and catalogs - start planning!  My favorite magazine is Gardening How-To.  You can subscribe yearly or become a life member and get it for the rest of your life.  Go to  to sign up.  They have product tests you can participate in and giveaways.  I like that it is based in Minnesota, so many of the articles are about issues we face in the midwest. 

Only 4 more months until the last frost could occur in the Milwaukee area (around May 5th - after that the danger of frost has passed).  What do you do while you wait for the ground to warm up?

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