ImageMany of us in the northern hemisphere have dormant trees, bare perennial beds and stored containers. The canvas is a proverbial blank and we can take a critical look at features we want to change. Some of us have plants that have outgrown their spaces and need dividing. Gardeners can swap extras by creating a trade list at Dave's Garden. We have an active and friendly trading group and it is one of the backbones of our community. Any member can create a trade list and subscribers have access to several trading forums as well.

Some gardeners like to purchase the newest cultivars and have plans to expand their gardens. They spend the winter checking out new offerings by mail order vendors. Websites brimming with gardener eye-candy tempt with each click of the mouse. The Garden Watchdog is a vital resource for shoppers. It is our worldwide, searchable database of garden-related vendors. We have vendors listed from many countries and no matter where your garden is located, there should be vendors that can ship to you. Most gardeners can locate a vendor selling their favorite plants and then check out their customer service record. If your favorite company isn't listed, let us know and we'll help you add it.

ImageMany gardeners prefer to shop for plants in person and this is a good time to plan a road trip for spring. Go Gardening is our resource of walk-in retail locations and many Dave's Garden members look forward to these road trips each year. One of the most popular is the west Tennessee road trip in late April. DG members Imagefrom several states meet and spend a couple of days greenhouse hopping. Plans for this epic adventure start in January and the anticipation builds until the event. Friends caravan between greenhouses and garden centers, while cramming their cars and trucks full of plants and garden art. Often they call ahead to let the owners know the date so they can stock extra plants for the crowd.

The New Year is upon us and the coming months are a blank slate. Gardeners are the eternal optimists. We plant bulbs in anticipation of the spring show and pour over vegetable seed offerings. Grow lights and seed starting mats come out soon after holiday decorations come down. Glorious gardens free of weeds and pests flourish in our daydreams. The resources at Dave's Garden can help make those dreams reality and the friendly gardeners from around the world are full of tips and helpful information. We're here to help solve gardening problems and celebrate your victories.

Happy New Year from all of us behind the scenes at Dave's Garden!