Time to think How To Prepare A Winter Garden. So many of us tried a hand at a garden this spring. The summer harvest has been fun. So much so, that we are looking forward to a winter garden. We have done our research and here is a list of dos and don’ts we are sticking to. We are planning ahead and will put all these to the test for you too.
How To Prepare For A Winter Garden
For many, gardening over winter is a case of wait and see what happens, with most of the ‘preparations’ angled towards keeping tools from rusting. As much as cleaning away any rust with sandpaper or wire brushes before finishing with a coating of oil can seal the metal and protect it from the damaging effects of oxygen, this won’t actually help the garden much.
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Checklist To Get Ready for A Winter Garden
Yes, it might be tempting to let nature take its course once you have harvested. Nevertheless, before we know it, our garden will be ready for winter planting. Perhaps you plan to skip winter. Still, you need to prepare for your Spring garden. So, we will go down this checklist to be garden ready:
- Remove dying and rotting plants: this will give the garden a more orderly look, plus you will avoid diseases or fungus that old plants might keep.
- Remove invasive weeds: while some weeds might be good for the compost pile, you should remove them and get rid of them. Otherwise, you will just be moving weeds around in your garden.
- Boost your soil: look at the soil nutrients and add what you might need. Manure, bone meal, and compost are some of the ingredients to consider. If you don’t plan to grow a winter garden, do cover the upgraded soil with plastic.
- Replenish your mulch beds: it helps protect the roots of plants. Remember that when mulch breaks down, it adds fresh organic materials to your soil.
- Clean and sharpen your garden tools: just to be ready, and ensure all is in working order.
- Prune perennials: Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme will thank you for some fall pruning.
What NOT to do for a Winter Garden
Compost is not always what it seems – clean up rotting debris
Keep in mind that, although compost contains some nutrients, it also contains all of the bacteria and slugs and other little garden nasties that feed off the compost, meaning that instead of spreading life-giving nutrition over the lawn and flower beds. Needless to say, if you don’t know what you’re doing, composting your own garden come winter – in the belief that you are in some way ‘boosting’ the soil over winter – could be doing more harm than good. Best tip? Do your composting research and due diligence.
Perennials don’t need any help – do they?
One of the most honest mistakes that part-time gardeners make in relation to planning a garden is to stock up on perennials because they will return year after year with very little intervention. While stocking up on perennials is not a bad idea, the confusion comes in the form of not tending to them over winter. However, they are not always magical phoenixes that will arise from the winter gloom with the spritely fresh Spring appearance of a first-time bloomer. Certain perennials need a little encouragement if they are to look their fullest and most colorful selves. Do your research and don’t ignore your perennials, as a tidy annual trim could be the difference between next year’s garden looking like you know what you’re doing or looking a little flat and dull.
Work As A Family
Don’t forget to include the kids in your winter garden adventure. These Gardening with Kids are still useful for it. Moreover, with so many deciding to home school these days, this garden journey is just perfect!
Do you have some winter plants in mind for your garden already?