Winter gardening in the Pacific Northwest requires some attention even during the colder months, and we suggest taking on a few garden projects this winter. Now is an excellent time to prune deciduous trees and shrubs while they are dormant. Be cautious not to prune spring-flowering plants that set their buds in the fall. For instance, do not over-prune your Hydrangea macrophylla shrubs, as their flowers are already set for this summer. Apply a layer of mulch around your garden beds to protect plant roots from freezing temperatures and help retain moisture. Clean and sharpen your garden tools, repair any structures like trellises or fences, and oil moving parts to keep everything in good condition for spring. You can plant cool-season vegetables like kale, chard, and garlic, as well as hardy perennials and shrubs that can establish roots during the winter. Now is a great time to explore our wide selection of bare root shrubs and trees. If you have a vegetable garden, consider covering it with row covers or cloches to extend the growing season for crops like lettuce, spinach, and carrots. Continue to compost kitchen scraps and garden waste, which will break down over the winter to enrich your soil. Provide food, water, and shelter for birds to encourage wildlife in your garden during the colder months. And lastly, keep an eye out for overwintering pests and diseases so you can address them early in the spring. Remember that the Pacific Northwest has mild winters compared to many other regions, making it possible to continue some gardening activities throughout the season. Always consider the specific climate and conditions in your area for the most appropriate winter gardening tasks.