08 Jan How To Enjoy Your Garden In Winter
Although winter is often seen as a time when gardens are at their bleakest, there are ways to enjoy them even in the coldest months. With a bit of creativity, the right tools, and some planning, you can continue to reap the benefits of your garden all winter long. Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your garden during winter.
1. Plant Winter Vegetables And Flowers
Plant some winter vegetables and flowers in your garden, and you can enjoy them even when the weather outside is frightful. Hardy crops such as cabbage, brussels sprouts, and kale can survive freezing temperatures but require a few extra days to mature before harvesting. However, many flowers, such as pansies and violas, will continue to grow and bloom even on the frostiest of days.
2. Feed Winter Wildlife
A big part of enjoying your garden is appreciating the creatures that share it. By feeding winter wildlife such as squirrels and birds, you will be able to witness their daily routines and perhaps even catch a glimpse of them roosting or nesting. If you want to attract larger animals such as deer, consider planting shrubs with fruits they enjoy, such as cotoneaster and barberry.
3. Plant Evergreens In Your Garden
Evergreen trees and shrubs provide winter interest by retaining their foliage throughout the cold months. They also protect birds from predators, allowing them to build nests in the relative safety of a sheltered environment. You can add shelter and food for birds by creating a birdhouse out of an old log.
4. Cut Back Shrubs And Weeds
To really maximize the winter garden experience, take some time to cut back any overgrown shrubs and weeds. This will give you a clear view of all your hard work, and it’s also a great opportunity to get rid of any pests or diseases that may have taken hold over the past few months.
5. Plant Bare-Root Plants
If you find yourself missing gardening in the winter, consider planting some bare-root plants. These are plants that have been recently uprooted and have no soil or mulch around their roots. These plants benefit from being dormant while being carried and dug in, allowing them to establish roots quickly and begin growing in their new home.
7. Do Some Winter Composting
Want to stay busy in your garden in the winter? Even in the winter, a well-made compost pile may generate its heat, as long as it is turned regularly. To keep it from getting too wet, add some insulation like flattened cardboard at the top and cover it with a tarp.
8. Plant Winter Containers
You can help to add some color to your winter garden simply by planting a container or two with pretty flowers. This will provide a little bit of variety and cheer up the house, even if it’s just for a few months. Plus, you’ll have something to look forward to when the weather begins to warm up again.
Enjoy Your Garden Even In The Wintertime
The winter months are a great time to plan your garden to have the most beautiful and bountiful gardens all year round. And Kel Lake Garden Centre is here for all of your gardening needs. From indoor and outdoor plants to trees and shrubs to garden accessories and supplies, we have everything you need. Be sure to check back in for more expert advice on all things gardening.