Last year I vowed I would do more winter gardening. Winter work in the garden, especially weeding and clearing, has huge benefits. Of course unwanted plants take longer to grow back, but also they are drastically weakened because the plant has stored most of its energy in the root system, so when the roots are dug in winter any left over will have a harder time re-establishing in spring.
Though I haven't been out there as much as I would like, (no surprise there) I have been out there more than I was this time last year. Which was not at all. So here is a picture from today, a good image for what it's like in a Pacific Northwest garden in January.