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- For many gardeners the cold weather signals that the time has come to pack up their tools until Spring Garden however that does not have to be case. The winter months are a perfect opportunity for you to getting your garden to a new life and save yourself a bit of trouble when the temperatures finally start to rise again. To help you out with this task, here is a list of a few gardening tips you can use to ease your workload come Spring Garden.
Make your garden wildlife :
- One easy way to make your garden more manageable is to let it run wild and create an environment that will invite your local fauna.
- Pick flowers like violets and marigold that will attract beneficial pollinating insects like bees and butterflies.
- Planting edible shrubs and placing small water ponds will catch the attention of friendly birds and mammals.
- A wildlife garden is an opportunity to help out your neighborhoods animals that come to visit often and in return they will help you out as well during the warmer seasons.
Start a compost to dispose of garden waste and provide your crops with nutrients:
- If you haven’t already started composting, what are you waiting for?
- Composting is a perfect natural way to provide your crops with much need nutrients, all the while finding a useful way to dispose of fallen leaves and cuttings.
- If you already do have a composting heap, the end of autumn will be the ideal time for you to use up your year’s reserves and make room for the new season’s garden waste.
- There are few weeds and low light levels cutting down on evaporation and the need to watering in the beginning of the year.
- This makes it the perfect time for you to take some gardening risks.
- Experiment with different types of plants giving them little protection to see what their needs could be and if you’re willing to accommodate them.
- Try different timings and a different rhythm and don’t forget that heat is much more damaging than the cold.
- Always remember to vent out the frozen pots of your plans.
Invest in your soil:
- To get the dirt on your dirt, perform a soil test with your local agricultural extension office.
- This will tell you everything you need to know about what will grow there and how to improve it.
- In the meantime, amend your soil with as much organic matter as possible — either by starting a compost pileor by adding bags of compost manure.
- This will give it a better texture, a diverse population of beneficial organisms, and more fertility.
- If your soil is poorly drain, either grow plants that tolerate wet feet, or install a dry creek bed or French drain to prevent standing water.
Plant for all four seasons:
- It’s tempting to do all your plant shopping in spring, but those pretty blooms will soon fade away.
- To avoid 11 months of boredom, choose a variety of plants that offer interest at different times of the year.
- Grow summer-blooming plants like canna, coneflowers, and guara to keep the show going until fall, when colorful foliage and fall bloomers like mums and goldenrod take over.
- For winter interest, look to trees with interesting branch patterns and bark, as well as unusual cultivars of evergreens — like heuchera and abelia — or even architectural, hardy palms and succulents.
Clean your house of plants:
- That is, your greenhouse. Usually, it’s best to clean it deep in winter not at the end of it, but it highly depends on the crops you’ve chosen.
- If you grow special plants that grow all year-round, you should clean the greenhouse a bit earlier in the winter season.
- However, if you plant summer plants, such as peppers or tomatoes, clean it in January/February.
Understand your garden’s sunlight:
- Those little “full sun” and “part shade” icons are on the plant tag for a reason — too much sunlight will burn the foliage and compromise the plant’s health, while too little will make it lanky and weak.
- Choose plants that thrive in your conditions.
- A spot that receives eight or more hours of direct sunlight is a perfect place to grow vegetables, fruit trees, and most flowers.
- Part to full shade is ideal for growing plants like perennials, ferns, and small trees that are naturally found in the forest’s understory.
Plan your Spring garden and summer garden and order seeds:
- Use February to plan your yearly crops to provide a good cycle and fewer opportunities for garden pests to develop.
- Make notes what is missing in your gardening journal.
- If you decide to experiment with plants, order the seeds now.
- You can plant perennials, trees and shrubs in early spring.
- Even though most gardeners put away their tools when the cold seasons roll by, that does not mean there are not plenty of chores that could be done during this time.
- Plenty of preparations can be done to make your spring work more enjoyable.
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