Many of us think that a garden is for summertime only, this is a common misconception! There is so much to do in winter in the garden, and so there really is no reason why you shouldn’t enjoy the outdoors during this time. In this blog post, we will be exploring how to make the most of your garden during these frosty months.
Plant bare-Root plants
Winter is the time for planting bare-root plants, these are plants without any soil around the roots, it’s an economical way of planting and you will find a much wider variety of fruit trees and bushes available in this form.
Cultivate Winter flowers
Enjoy winter flowers so many flowers withstand the cold and bloom this time of year, this includes the likes of snowdrops, crocus, aconites, winter iris and viburnum, hamamelis (also known as witch hazel), as well as daphne. If you think the garden is lacking in colour this time of year, you should head to the local garden centre, where you will find so many seasonal delights.
It will be great to spend a morning or so tidying the greenhouses and sheds – a decent seasonal tidy up will go a long way. Winter is the perfect time to prepare for spring. Servicing or maintaining your mower and sharpening your tools ready for any busier seasons is also a great idea.
Offer a sanctuary and feeding place for wildlife.
Garden wildlife can really make use of your help in the wintertime, and there are a lot of things that you can do to give them a little boost, whilst at the same time adding a plethora of life to your garden. This can be achieved as easily as putting a bird feeder or two in the garden.
Greenhouses to stave off the winter blues.
If you tidy up overwintering plants and have a go at planting some succulents. If temperatures dive then you can insulate your greenhouse with bubble wrap to keep it warm.
Winter is a great time to prune fruit trees, this includes the likes of blackcurrants, apples, pears and the likes of autumn fruiting raspberries and the like. You can also work to make trees grow in the shape that you want them to grow – stop any crisscrossing of branches and cultivate healthy growth.
Harvest those Winter Vegetables
You might be getting nervous about the winter settling in and killing your veg crops – while some veg should be well harvested by now, some plants can simply keep going, just like parsnips, kale, sprouts, leeks, winter cabbage, and even winter salad. If you don’t have any winter veg growing and ready to harvest then you can still grow them indoors. Microgreens can be ready in just a few days.
Make an outdoor meeting space.
You can make use of garden furniture to make an outdoor meeting place for friends and family so that you can socially distance and still meet with one another, as long as you follow regulations set by the government. Our recycled plastic furniture is ideal for this, as it can withstand anything the elements throw at it, without cracking or splitting after heavy exposure to the wind and the rain.