5 Winter Gardening Tips

We’re approaching the end of October now, which means that all that wintry weather is just around the corner… so now’s the perfect time to start thinking about how you’re going to keep your garden in fine fettle over the next few months.

Winter can be hard on the garden but there’s a lot you can do to help it make it through to spring in one piece – and it will help you feel connected to your outdoor spaces even when there’s not a huge amount of actual gardening and growing to do.

If you have any deciduous plants, winter is a great opportunity to do a bit of pruning, as these plants are dormant at this time of year and it can help them stay disease-free. You may find that pruning now actually helps them bloom come spring, as well!

You can also use the winter months to get your perennial flower beds ready for springtime by clearing all those pesky weeds and dead foliage. And don’t forget to cover your plants at night time if it looks like it’s going to be frosty out there.

If you’ve got a compost heap or some well-rotted manure, now’s the perfect time to fork it into your beds or spread it on top of any raised beds you have. 

You’ll likely thank yourself for making your own leaf mould now, as well, since this is an amazing soil conditioner and can really help your plants grow. 

All you need to do is pick up all those beautiful autumn leaves and put them in some bin bags, filling them three-quarters of the way up and tying them up at the top. Puncture some holes in the bottom and in the sides to promote airflow, then put the bags away and leave them for a year or so. Job done!

 

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