The last week or so has been very chilly indeed, with temperatures plummeting all over the country and lots of snow, sleet and ice being seen here, there and everywhere.
While this time of year can be lots of fun for all sorts of reasons, the weather can really take its toll on our gardens and plants, so it’s definitely worth taking the time to give them an extra layer of protection over the next couple of months to help them make it through to spring.
First of all, moving any tender and vulnerable plants to more sheltered parts of the garden can make a big difference, as can taking potted plants into your greenhouse or even into your home so they can weather the winter storms.
You can also help your plants by mulching over their roots at this time of year. You can use anything from leaf mould to wood chippings, or even your own homemade garden compost. This helps to protect against frost but also gives your plants lots of lovely soil nutrients as the mulch rots, while retaining water, so it’s a win-win for all.
Keeping an eye on the weather forecast is another very wise idea. Preparation is key, of course, and if you know what’s coming you’ll be able to take decisive action. If you know that frost is forecast, you can then bring some plants in, or cover them up with horticultural fleece or newspaper.
Cold snaps are inevitable but they don’t have to be disastrous for your garden plants. All you need to do is put in a little bit of effort and everyone should make it through just fine. Don’t forget to leave out some food and water for your feathered friends, as well. Happy gardening!
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