The winter months and cold climates can be slow for many gardeners, especially with a vegetable garden. Many plants become dormant in the extreme cold between the heavy snow, dry winds, extreme temperatures, and freezing temperatures.
However, if your green thumb isn’t content to be still during the colder seasons and cooler temperatures, don’t fret! There are still a lot of things you can do before the Spring new growth for your garden that won’t lead to frostbite, especially during the hard freezes.
Today, we’ll be talking about how you can fend off the winter weather blues with these winter gardening tips.
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Pot Up Some Blooms
Not all plants and root crops lay dormant in the depths of late winter or the cold winter temperatures. There are winter flowers that bloom despite the cold season and freezing temperatures.
There are also winter crops like greens, root vegetables, and berries that survive the joys of winter and cold climate. You can keep them in pots and containers near your house or indoors for an indoor gardening project.
This is a great way to continue to grow your fresh produce and satisfy your need to take care of old and new plants in the dead of winter and cold months while enjoying the rich colors that can brighten an otherwise dull winter’s day.
Keep a Winter Vegetable Plot
If you like having a garden of edibles, then you’re in luck. Crop rotation is important for winter gardening crops and cold-hardy plants like leafy greens, parsnips, kale, leeks, lettuce, broccoli, swiss chard, and collard greens, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts thrive throughout the cold weather and this time of year.
This is a great way to have a lot of plants and many plant varieties for your bountiful winter harvests. Be sure to plant them before the first frost comes so that you have enough time to have a steady supply of delicious winter veggies and cool-season crops throughout the season and colder temperatures.
Winter and the cold winter months are also great to start growing vegetables such as sprouting beans, fava beans, broad beans, and micro greens as indoor plants. It’s also a good idea and the best time to get a head start on the growing process of your flower gardens, raspberries, and rhubarb.
Take Your Pruning Shears Out
When it’s the end of winter or there are sunny days and the weather gets warm enough to spend some time outside, you can prune some of your fruit trees, shrubs, and roses. Trimming apples, raspberries, pears, and rose bushes will certainly keep your hands busy and your gardener’s heart happy by winter gardening despite the dreary weather and light frost.
Look After Wildlife in Your Garden
Chances are there will be little creatures looking or food and shelter in the winter. Look after them by leaving some nuts and seeds for birds to feed on. You can also leave a portion of your garden untidy with fallen logs and leaves so hedgehogs can seek shelter somewhere while it’s still snowing.
Spend Time in the Greenhouse
If you have a greenhouse or garden shed, you can tidy up overwintering crops or start growing citruses. You can also start sowing seeds in the later months of the winter season and cooler weather.
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Plan Your Next Garden
When it’s too cold and snowy outside to do any real yard work, you can still revel in the fact that you can use your time indoors to plan your next garden. Take stock of your gardening gear, list some of your gardening woes, and figure out how you can correct them in the next planting season.
You can also make a new garden layout and design how you want your yard to look in the early spring and throughout the late summer. While you’re stuck indoors during the cold temperatures, it’s also the right time to begin ordering seed packets and other gardening supplies you’ll need in the next growing season and future planting dates.
Winter gardening sounds like a myth, but with these tips you can see that there is still plenty you can do. Don’t ignore your garden until Spring or warmer weather that just makes getting it going again that much more work.
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