Winter Garden: 5 ways to prepare yours.
Yes, a winter garden is possible, and winter plants do exist.
It is easy to think of gardening as purely a summer activity, enjoyed while the sun is shining bright on our well-tended lawns, but maintaining a healthy winter garden throughout the season is not only possible but beneficial to the overall life span of our green spaces.
Of course, there is work to be done and a few changes to put in place if you want a thriving winter garden and a big part of it depends on how cruel and cold the season can get where you live, but it is possible to enjoy beautiful greenery all year round.
Here are 5 things you can do to prepare your winter garden.
1 Identify the areas in your garden that get the most sunlight.
Find out where and when you get the most sunlight. Knowing where in your garden you can place your more sun sensitive plants and flowers is crucial. Plant them in pots you can easily move around and play around with different shapes and sizes for an interesting look. Dedicate a couple of moments in the day to re arrange them as the light changes. This applies to both outdoor and indoor plants. Make sure your indoor pots are close to the windows that let the most natural light in.
2 Prepare your soil for your winter garden, during autumn.
Soil preparation is a must. Get rid of weeds, pests, and leave fresh clean soil before the ground gets too hard, or worse, frozen! It is helpful to do some research on pests that can survive winter, so as to identify them better too. And don’t leave fallen leaves scattered all over the ground. Is better to use them for our next tip.
3 Add a layer of compost.
You may have your own compost recipe that has been perfected over the years of careful trial and error. Add some fallen leaves, shred the ones you’ve gathered around your lawn for a better result or even a layer of straw. After all, without it most of the soil is exposed and this is a great way to protect it and keep it nurtured.
4 Build snow fences for your small trees.
Plant some trees in autumn; despite what you may thin, it is a great season to do so. Protect the ones you already have by build fences, or cylinders around them. It is not guaranteed that it will snow where you live, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Cover the space within the cylinder with some of the compost. A 4-inch-layer of mulch can also help you preserve the moisture of your root system. If it does snow, don’t forget to shake the branches to get rid of it. As beautiful as it may look, snow adds quite the weight to branches, especially new, fragile ones, and it could cause cracks and snaps.
5 Pick some Winter Flowers.
If you just love the way flowers make your garden look and don’t want to give up on that, there are still beautiful ones that thrive in colder weathers. Some of them may require fair amounts of care and time dedicated to them, but there are plenty of choices available, and the results can look impressive. Winter Jasmine, Rosebud Cherry (“Autumnalis Rosea”), Mahonia also known as Oregon Grape or “The Winter Sun”, and the Napalese paper plant or “Jacqueline Postill” are just some of the many options. Have a look and pick the ones you like the most.
We hope these tips help you keep your winter garden alive all season long. Share this with your friends if you think it will help them too.