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Photo: Oleksandr_U (Shutterstock) Gardening may seem like a warm-weather activity, but for best results, it’s actually a year-round endeavor. Just because the ground is frozen and very little is blooming right now doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Use this time—while you’re not overwhelmed with planting, watering, managing, and harvesting—to set yourself up for gardening success in the spring. Here’s what you need to do now for a great garden later. Prune and clean your garden now If you haven’t already removed your overgrown tomato plants and browning annuals, now is the time. As long as there’s no sign of disease, your scraps can go into your compost bin or be chopped and dropped directly on your plot. You’ll also want remove any debris, including piles of leaves and overgrown shrubbery, and cut back perennials. Work to improve your soil Improving the soil quality in your garden during the winter is one of the best ways to set yourself up for spring success. We’ve got a guide to soil preparation , but the options include planting a cover crop to protect your soil and improve its nutrient content; using mulch to do the same; or adding compost to feed the beneficial microorganisms that live in your soil. You may also want to add amendments —substances that improve physical composition and structure—to your soil. While mulch is added as a top layer, amendments are worked deep into your plot. To do this, you’ll need to know your soil composition. Your […]