- Test your soil–once it thaws!
- Plant native plants
- Create buffers around waterways
- Use plants that provide food for butterflies, birds and other wildlife
And there’s no better time to get started–January is National Mailorder Gardening Month! The National Mailorder Gardening Association has all sorts of resources to help you plot, plan and place your order, but unfortunately they won’t plant it for you. There are links to various e-newsletters, catalogs (old school and online versions) and vendors. You can find plant information by zone and plant type, as well as mailorder garden shopping tips. The Hampton Roads Water Efficiency Team also has a FREE Waterwise Landscape Guide that you can download, which gives informative tips on using water wisely in your landscape, as well as a list of drought tolerant plants. Going native? The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation also has a great brochure on the importance of native plants to the environment. So get out of the winter blahs by planning for spring gardening season—you’ll be glad you did!