I feel like I've seen threads about this but I sure can't find them and I'm wondering if anyone can point me in the right direction (either with a link to a post or just providing some tips in this thread).
I'm in the PNW and we're experiencing an early spring, I think. I say I think because I know there's a good possibility that we'll get a lot more rain and/or freezing ice even though we're experiencing days close to 60s and the trees are all starting to bloom and the bees are out in town. My place is up in the hills and inland a bit so I'm a bit behind still - no bees yet and just little buds on my fruit trees.
Anyway, I'm trying to find an idea of what to do when. It's too early to plant but are there certain projects to complete on the land to prep for that? Should I be outside doing XYZ thing to prepare now so I'm not behind then? Is this the best time to bring in manure since I don't have animals? Better to wait?
In the big picture, I'm not just looking for tips to do for my area now but all year. I don't have animals and don't intend to any time soon, but tips for that (so that this thread is helpful for others too) would be great.
This is my first year on my place as its caretaker and I worry about being behind the curve when I suddenly want to spend all my time outside. And I remember last year once the berries were ripe, I spent most evenings outside picking after work and that's ALL I had time for before it got dark.
I have a guide I follow for gardening in the maritime northwest from Seattle Tilth. I know the PNW areas covers way more than Seattle, but it has been super useful. It goes through each month with gardening tasks.
Access winter plant damage
Create a map of your site
Plan Garden and crop rotation
Sanitize recycled pots
Set up propagation area
STart seeds of slow growing alliums and flowers
In the kitchen:
Winter feast from the freezer
Harvest: List giant list of crops that you might have planted to harvest in January
Then it has 5 to 6 pages with info about planning your card seed saving and crop rotation.
My copy of the guide is well worn and I use it all the time when I am scheduling things that need to be done for gardening.