11. Clean Out Your Garden Shed or Storage Area & Prepare Your Garden Equipment
This is also the perfect time for cleaning up your garden shed or other garden storage area. If you have any old chemicals, first research how to get rid of them responsibly and then properly toss them out. And, if you haven’t done so already, look for ways to avoid them next spring when taking note of what you may need to replenish.
If you have a greenhouse, don’t use it to store any of your garden tools, seed boxes, or old plant labels, etc. as it’s important to keep it clean and healthy. These items can harbor pests and other diseases. You’ll also want to be sure the glass on the inside and outside is cleaned regularly, which will enable you to maximize the short hours of daylight in the winter.
Tending to your gardening equipment and tools is a must too, as it’s important to keep them well-maintained by preparing them for the colder months of the year. You’ll need to clean them all thoroughly before storing them for the off-season. Wash off any caked dirt and coat wooden handles with linseed oil to prevent them from drying out and cracking. Tools like shears and secateurs will need to be sharpening – you can do it yourself or send them to a professional. Take a close look at all of your tools and equipment to determine if any of them need to be repaired or replaced before spring.