How to Keep the Garden Green Through Winter
Wintertime blues can affect any of us, but some of the most sorely afflicted are those who absolutely live for their gardens. Even if your garden isn’t your top priority, seeing its lush, green spaces turn brown and dreary can make the long dark months of the colder season seem endless. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are things you can do to keep your garden vibrant through the winter! Not only will it cheer you up, but keeping your garden healthy year round gives you a natural head start on spring. Here are some top tips for keeping up garden maintenance throughout winter, so you can have a beautiful view from your conservatory all year round.
- Fertilizing for the Cold Months
In late autumn or early winter, help your plants prepare for the coming chill by properly fertilizing. You’ll only need to fertilize once at the beginning of the season and once before spring—but it can make all the difference in helping your plants thrive. Just as animals fatten up before they hibernate, your garden needs plenty of resources to make it through the winter months!
- Incorporate Winter Flowering Plants
There are some lovely options if green alone isn’t your cup of tea; winter flowering pansies, beautiful variegated ivies and heather can revitalize the look of your garden. By planning your landscape to incorporate varieties of plants that look their best at different times of year, your garden can put on a new, exciting show for every season.
- Consider Some Indoor-Outdoor Options
Plenty of container-friendly plants are happy for a brisk winter’s day, but just don’t do so well on chilly nights. Consider livening up your balcony or deck with colourful containers that can be brought in when the temperatures are supposed to dip below their leafy tenants’ comfort levels. Container gardens are also ideal for spaces that are protected enough to prevent harsh weather from damaging plants, but aren’t ideal for ground plantings.
- Prepare for a Spring Harvest with Winter Veggies
Ornamental options are just the beginning for adding greenery to your winter garden. There’s a wide variety of vegetables that don’t just tolerate the cold—they love it. Leeks, parsnip, and kale will grow throughout the winter for a delightful addition to your table in the spring. Lamb’s lettuce is exceptionally easy to grow almost anywhere, and you won’t even have to wait for spring to sample this fast-growing leafy treat—you’ll have fresh lettuce throughout winter.
Don’t surrender to the winter quiet gardening spell—keep your garden green year-round!