Winter can be a slow time for many gardeners. Between the snow, dry winds, and freezing temperatures, many plants become dormant.
However, if your green thumb isn’t content to be still during the colder seasons, don’t fret! There’s still a lot of things you can do for your garden that won’t lead to frostbite. Today, we’ll be talking about how you can fend off the winter blues with these winter gardening tips.
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Pot Up Some Blooms
Not all plants lay dormant in the winter. There are flowers that bloom despite the freezing temperatures. There are also greens and berries that survive the winter. You can keep them in pots and containers near your house or indoors.
This way, you can satisfy your need to take care of plants in the dead of winter 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. Winter gardening crops like parsnips, kale, leeks, lettuce, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts thrive throughout the cold weather. Be sure to plant them before the first frost comes so that you can have a steady supply of delicious winter veggies throughout the season.
Winter is also a great time to grow sprouting beans and micro greens indoors. You can also start growing your flower gardens, raspberries, and rhubarb.
Take Your Pruning Shears Out
When 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.
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, you can tidy up overwintering crops or start growing citruses. You can also start sowing seeds in the later months of the winter season.
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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 spring and throughout the summer. While you’re stuck indoors it’s also the perfect time to begin ordering seed packets and other gardening supplies that you’ll need in the next growing season.
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, that just makes getting it going again that much more work.
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