Lifestyle

Cold Weather Gardening Tips For The Keen Winter Gardener!

Cold Weather Gardening Tips For The Keen Winter Gardener! 

Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 19.10.41

While most gardeners call it a day when autumn draws to a close, if you’re particularly keen you don’t need to let a bit of bad weather stop you! Admittedly winter gardening comes with a number of challenges, but you can still keep your outside space looking beautiful and have a productive growing season. Here are just a few things to consider when gardening in the winter.

Use a Greenhouse

A greenhouse allows you to prolong the growing season, and also protects and shelters less hardy plants until they can be put out in the garden again in spring. A greenhouse can either be a cold frame or warmed to certain levels, depending on what you’re hoping to achieve with your plants. If you have a smaller garden or are just looking to get into the hobby without spending too much, you could try a lean to instead. These will give you the same benefits, but in a smaller size which leans against the house or an outbuilding.

Use Evergreen and Winter Flowering Plants

Many plants and flowers die back over the colder months, leaving the garden looking stark and dull. However, if you include a range of evergreens in amongst your beds and pots you’ll keep a good splash of colour all year round. Use winter flowering plants too, so that as everything else is dying back for the year, they are just popping up and bringing life to the garden.

Keep off Wet Grass

You don’t have to allow your lawn to become shaggy and untidy over the colder months. An occasional cut is fine, but don’t cut too short- and ensure the ground is completely dry and firm before using the lawn mower. When the ground is wet, keep off grass as it’s fragile and easy to destroy the roots. When you step on wet soil too you also compact it, making it harder for anything to survive.

Start a Compost Bin

With all of the falling leaves littering the ground at the moment, you have plenty of material to get a compost bin going! Composting is great for the environment as it means less waste is being sent off to landfill, and it also gives you the benefit of free compost. Get into the habit of throwing suitable food scraps on there, such as skins, peelings and produce that hasn’t been eaten before it’s use by date. And throw on anything from the garden that will break down too such as grass clippings, bark and even twigs. Just be sure to break them up into small pieces before adding them to the pile as they will take a long time to break down. Don’t compost anything that looks diseased, as fungi and other microbes might not be broken down with composting.

Think About Wildlife

Due to the low temperatures and the fact that food is in short supply, much of the wildlife you see in the garden throughout the year hibernates during the winter. Birds however don’t hibernate, and you’re likely to see lots of them over the autumn and winter as they have to rely on humans for food. Once their natural food source has diminished, you can help them out by adding suet balls, seeds, peanuts and fruit to bird tables and feeders. You could also consider building ‘hedgehog homes’ to give them a place to hibernate. You can leave out dishes of dog or cat food to help them boost their fat supplies, making them more likely to survive.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

Leave a Response