Take a peek at these fall and winter garden tips and ideas before you turn over for the cold seasons. These fall and winter garden tips may just be what you need for gardening success and to satisfy your gardening fix!
Must-Do Tps And Ideas For Your Fall And Winter Garden
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Looking at the falling leaves made me think of a dull fall and winter garden ahead. What else is there to do but wait for the coming spring and summer growing season? Well, check out these fall and winter garden tips and ideas and you might be running out of time!
It can be frustrating when you’ve just recently enjoyed your first harvest and want to grow more but then comes the winter season. While winter gardening is limited, there are actually a lot of things you can do. In fact, I was in a hurry to get working on some winter crafts, I almost forgot some of the essential fall and winter garden activities. Read on to find out what tasks you could be missing or had left undone. You’ll find the winter season isn’t a dull gardening season after all but a great break from the mundane of gardening.
1. Fall And Winter Garden Clean Up
With all the fallen leaves and the left-overs from your vegetable garden, a fall cleanup is really necessary. This will prevent rot in your grass and spread of plant diseases in the next growing season. All the waste after cleanup also make good compost materials.
Pruning helps prevents the spread of plant diseases with the affected parts cut out. This is ideal in late winter in many regions to encourage growth and flowers in spring. Avoid pruning in fall when the spread of fungi is more prolific in this season.
2. Cook Up A Compost
Although the cold season will hinder speedy micro-organic activities, you can compost in winter. Considering how compost materials are in abundance from a fall garden cleanup, composting this season is just practical. When pruning branches and plant stems with diseases, it would be best to burn them first and use the ashes as a compost material. This will prevent the spread of disease in your compost.
3. Plant A Perennial Bulb Flower Garden
Don’t plant bulbs in your flower garden and you’ll miss out on a beautiful almost magical flower garden. With perennial flowering bulbs like tulips and crocuses, you’ll make a winter wonderland of your garden with them popping in the snow.
Grow small flowering bulbs like as crocuses and snowdrops in clumps for an impact. Don’t plant bulbs in soggy grounds as they are prone to rots, and mulching your bulbs will protect them in dormancy.
4. Inventory Of Garden Tools And Seeds
Your gardening tools have been doing the hard work just as you have over the last growing season. So it’s only natural to clean them up and check if they needed some repairs before they go into tool storage. Doing this activity this fall and winter will help you save money on long-lasting gardening tools. Plus you’ll avoid any hitch over your gardening tools come growing season in spring.
5. Extend Growing Season
For the avid grower, this task is nothing new. After all, a self-sufficient will go to great lengths as extend the growing season. Greenhouses, high tunnels, row covers, and grow lights are the season extending tools you can use. If you don’t have enough space or the expenses to spare then grow plants and vegetables indoors this winter. You get to save on the energy since the atmosphere inside your home is conducive to plant growth.
6. Start Seeds Indoors
One of the easier and essential tasks in winter for your garden is to start seeds in a greenhouse or indoors. You can do this with indoor grow lights which you can make on your own. Growing seeds indoors is ideal for brassicas when you are planning to grow veggies in early spring since they are cool season crops. Starting seeds by batch in succession will help ensure a successful harvest if some of the seedlings fail.
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7. Grow A Cold-Hardy Vegetable Garden
You can extend the growing season with season extending tools, but with cold-hardy vegetables, you won’t even need these tools at all. All you need are the right plants in the cold hardy ones. Brassicas are some of the well-known vegetables tolerating the cold fall and winter temperature. They tolerate the light frost and are even enhanced in terms of flavor with overwintering.
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These 15 simple gardening-fix is a strong proof that the end of summer is not the end of gardening season. Gardening is a real year-round activity you cannot neglect. So put on your gardening gear and take some action this fall and winter and be a happy gardener!
Want to have a successful spring garden? Check out these fall gardening tips for great success in spring!
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.