How To Make Your Own Winter Garden Plan
There is no need to settle for bare garden beds once the colder months and cold temperatures kick in. You can still enjoy a plethora of softly scented flowers, evergreens, and berries, even if it’s icy cold outside.
There are also many winter garden vegetables, fresh produce, and non tender plants that do quite well in the cold weather such, as this plant list: Brussels Sprouts, Spinach, Carrots, Leaf Lettuce, Cauliflower and many more.
Today, we’ll be talking about four simple things you need to remember for a sparkling and enchanting winter garden. Let’s get started!
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Preparing for the winter garden of your dreams starts with a little bit of pre-planning. Start planning early. If you live in the northern hemisphere, start your preparations in mid-July.
If you’re in the south, it’s a good idea to start your winter gardening and your winter garden plan in early August. This will give you a head start and enough time to get everything ready before the first frost hits. In addition, by knowing when the first frost will hit your area, you can time your plants and cool weather crops perfectly.
Apart from timing, you also need to do some prep work in your garden. This includes re-working the soil before planting your new plants, adding your compost pile to replenish the soil’s nutrients, and having moist soil while making sure that your garden patch has good drainage.
Choose the Right Plants
Unlike the bright and juicy colors that summer and spring plants provide, winter plants offer your garden a sparkling appeal. You can grow evergreen plants like winter daphne, frozen flame, ink holly, Japanese falls cypress, Deodar cedar, and arborvitae to add a lush elegance to your garden.
Meanwhile, you can plant cold weather or winter flowers. Many great plant varieties such as larkspur, nasturtium, snapdragon, pansy, primrose, sweet pea, hyacinth, and amaryllis add a pop of color to your winter garden or during the cold season.
The winter months and freezing temperatures are a great time to grow fruiting plants and berries such as pyracantha, ornamental crab apples, crimson cotoneaster, and holly. With their bright colors of gold, orange, red, pink, and purple these are a great way to make your winter garden pop this time of year.
As for winter edibles and cold weather crops, leafy greens and asian greens like arugula, bok choy, Swiss chard, mustard greens, giant red mustard, and curly-leafed kale are an excellent option for hardy vegetables. You can also plant other winter vegetables like root crops like beets, carrots, radishes, leeks, and chives that you can harvest throughout the season.
Prepare a Layout and Protect Winter Plants
Before planting anything, it’s important to make sure that you have enough space in your garden to accommodate all the specific plants you’ll be growing. Prepare a layout to allocate enough space for your crops in your winter garden plan.
The placement of your garden is also important. Planting near a windbreak such as a wall can protect your plants from the harsh cold winds that come with the cold season.
Alternatively, you can also use a cloche to help retain warmth for your plants. It can insulate your plants, lengthen your growing season, and prevent your winter crops from dying during cold spells or when the cold weather hits.
Practice Proper Winter Garden Care
Caring for your garden in this harsher cool season can be a little different than in the spring and summer. But just the same, your plants need enough water, sunlight, and nutrients to grow happy and healthy.
When it comes to watering plants during the cold weather, less is more. Water plants only when the first inch of the soil is dry.
If the area you live in tends to be overcast during this time, you may need to install a grow light to prevent wilting and to ensure that your crops can sustain their photosynthesis.
Finally, be careful with fertilizers. Plants tend to absorb fewer nutrients in this growing season. If you’ve added compost beforehand, you might not need to fertilize your garden.
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