Winter Gardening Advice and Tips
Oftentimes, frost is an indication of the start and end of gardening season. For a lot of homeowners, they may need to put away their best outdoor home décor and furniture until spring comes along. But in areas that only get a mild winter, this doesn’t have to be the case. You can still continue gardening even in the winter months if you follow a few tips and tricks.
Pick the right location
Gardening experts recommend that you plant on the northern or eastern side. That’s because if you put your plants on the south side, they will be exposed to the southern sun during winter, which means they will experience greater variations in temperature daily.
Put a 3-inch layer of mulch
Adding a few inches of mulch to your garden will ensure that the soil stays cold. Doing this will prevent root injury and also protect against thawing and freezing.
Use a burlap screen
You can place a section of the burlap to protect your plants from the west and south wind gust. It also helps protect against the salts applied to your driveways as well as the dry winter sun.
Keep your plants from drying
The lack of moisture in plants is a common problem during winter as the roots may be unable to absorb water through the roots when the soil is frozen. You need to prevent your plants from drying by watering them starting from when you planted them and well into the fall. Then from October until winter, you need to water them thoroughly.
Wrap with twine
Frost can be heavy on your plant but you can protect them by wrapping twine around the stems. Wrap it spirally in an upward direction from the base going upwards to the top of each plant and back down.
Prepping Your Garden for the Winter
Here are some tips to keep in mind if you plan on gardening through the cold months:
- First, you need to empty pots that are not frost-proof and put them under cover so they are protected against the cold weather.
- Do not walk on grass if it’s covered in frost.
- Make sure that your tree ties and stakes are properly secured before winter comes.
- Have all your garden machinery serviced.
- Sow broad beans outside and cabbage varieties inside. You can also plant garlic and onion in your garden so you can harvest them in spring.
- Make sure your strawberry beds are cleaned and remove old leaves, weeds and unwanted runners.
For many beginners, the idea of gardening in the winter months can be daunting, but it can be done. You just need to know what plants are most appropriate for winter and which ones cannot survive the low temperatures. Moreover, the tips we have provided in this article should help you avoid common problems associated with winter gardening.