Growing a Winter Garden

growing a winter gardenWhen you think of gardening, winter isn’t the first season to come to mind. Even though Mother Nature has taken her hibernation hiatus, leaving the trees leafless and gardens without fruit, a few winter gardening tips can ensure that your plants, flowers and greens still flourish in the cold season.

Clean Up on Aisle Vine
First off, clean your garden – pull weeds and get rid of any loose debris. Additionally, remove rotten fruit and dead vegetation, indicated by brown or bronze foliage, which can result in the floricultural disease of Late Blight.
Next, tend to your soil. The freezing and thawing that takes place on the surface of the soil damages the roots. Blanket the plants with a thin layer of mulch composed of leaves, wood chips, grass clippings, ground corncobs, and tree or shrub trimmings to provide warmth. And afterwards, you can add a layer of finished compost for additional insulation if necessary.

CamelliaSowing the Seeds
You might think that winter is deadly to all plants, but there are several that not only survive in the cold winter days, but thrive. Perhaps the most popular of these plants is the Camellia. This evergreen provides a striking contrast to the muted colors of a winter landscape. Plant these in a place that gets a fair amount of sun and is protected from strong winds. Other plants include Winterberry, Red Twig Dogwood, Holly and Hellebore.

Some of the veggies that can bear the bitter cold are onions and shallots, garlic, spring onion, perpetual spinach, broad beans, peas, kale and asparagus. Vegetables are naturally hardy and are able to endure the frost and cold temperatures without requiring much support. However, on particularly icy days, you may want to cover them with a bit of fleece for additional protection.

prune winter plantsProtect Your Plants
There’s a myth floating about that states that you ought not to water your plants in the wintertime. Unless it is freezing outside, take advantage of mild temperatures to replenish your plants as much as possible. Also, for deciduous plants, it’s also a good idea to prune – beginning first with the dead and diseased branches and then removing the smaller branches to let in more air and light to the tree’s crown.

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