Gardening in Winter
Nature is sleeping in wintertime and the main tasks of gardening are set aside. However, if you want to enjoy all the blooms in spring and great harvest in autumn, you have to take care of your garden during the cold season and prepare it well. So, give a little love and care to your garden area and it’ll come up all the more beautiful with the very first sunshine of spring.
Mulch your Garden
You wear a cozy sweater and a warm jacket in winter because you are freezing. Your garden is also freezing, so don’t forget to cover the surface with an extra layer to keep the soil warm and alive. The best way to protect it during the cold season is to provide a mulch to cover your garden. This extra layer of mulch contains more oxygen and helps the surface not to freeze too much as well as protect plants against the frost.
You can buy a specially prepared mulch in any gardening shop or you can make it by yourself from the fallen leaves. This way would be more environment-friendly and organic. Collect fallen leaves and leave them to rot. When leaves are decomposed spread a layer of mulch all over your garden around every plant or tree. Don’t forget to prepare a lawn before putting the mulch on it. The grass should be cut at mid-length with repaired edges and you can add some not very strong fertilizers to feed it before it starts snowing.
Many perennial plants can survive winter by themselves if they are not too exotic for the geographical area of your home. Anyway, a little help will give you more confidence and you can be sure that your plants will survive all frosty and snowy months. Protect the roots of your plants with a simple cover above the ground. Here you can use hay or pine branches. If the plant is smaller or more exotic, you can cover it with natural material as wool, so it will give direct protection to all branches and buds in early spring.
Some flowers as tulips, crocuses or hyacinthus as well as some vegetables such as onions, cabbage, and lettuce can all be sown in trays. Water and keep them warm until spring when you can transplant them into your garden.
Tulips require more time and accuracy, but you are going to enjoy an incredible beauty if spend some time now. Bulbs of tulips need to be planted in early winter as they need cold temperatures and more time to bloom. Don’t forget to soak all the bulbs in a tube of hot water for at least twelve hours before planting, so you won’t need to water them until spring. Divide bulbs, use some fertilizer and put them into the soil. Put some mulch on the surface to keep all bulbs warm and leave them until the spring. Tulips are very simple yet enduring flowers, so they easily can survive in a very cold temperature.