The days are dark and cold, so you might not feel like gardening in the dead of winter, but getting out there and getting stuck in can help your garden to be even better come spring. Who knows,you might actually find that the bracing conditions and the healthy activity actually feel pretty good too!
Here are some top tips for optimum winter gardening success:
The Big Cleanup
You probably spent a lot of time in your garden in the summer and plenty of time there in the Autumn too, so when it gets to winter, chances are everything’s going to be a little messy. That makes it the perfect time to clean things up by getting rid of rubbish, cleaning off dust and dirt and disinfecting unused seed trays and pots.
If you have a greenhouse or shed, you might want to give them a good clean too. Swallow raven greenhouses, and similarly, well made constructions are pretty hardy but do be careful when you’re cleaning them anyway. The last thing you want is to be laid up with an injury this winter!
(Mostly) Stay Off the Lawn
It’s also a good idea to give your lawn a bit of a rest over the winter so that it can grow back as lush and green as ever. Obviously, if you notice big weeds or patches of moss growing, then you can step on, but otherwise, than that, try to leave the lawn alone!
Cover the Veggies
If you’re growing vegetables, like carrots, which can be harvested in the winter, it’s important that you protect them from the elements by covering them with straw or even the leaves that have fallen off your trees. Should there be a chance of snow, covering them with something a bit more protective, like carpet, will ensure that they survive.
Deadhead and Prune
Before the first frost of the season, you should dead-head any plants that bloom in the Autumn and prune those plants that flower in the summer.
Shake Off Snow
If snow falls, you should get out there and shake it off plants and trees where it has settled. You need to do this if you want to avoid the weight of the white stuff breaking off branches and ruining the look of your plants.
If you haven’t already, winter is a great time to compost because there are lots of fallen leaves in the ground and plenty of cuttings from your deadheading and pruning to get things started. Invest in a good compost bin, like those from Even Greener and stick to the rules if you want to have a great stock of compost come spring. Oh, go out and stir it now and again, too.
Look After the Wildlife
Regularly putting out seed and fat blocks will keep the birds, frogs, hedgehogs, and many other useful critters in the garden, where they will help you keep the pests under control come spring – you scratch their back, and they’ll scratch yours.
Time to get your wellies on!