Winter Gardening Tips
Just because winter is here doesn’t mean you have to hang up your gardening gloves. With a bit of know-how and a sprinkle of enthusiasm, you can keep your garden going through the chilliest months. Here are some handy winter gardening tips for a vibrant and healthy backyard!
CHOOSE WINTER-LOVING PLANTS
Not all plants dislike cooler weather. In fact, many plants thrive when temperatures drop. So, try incorporating some winter-loving plants into your garden for some year-round fun! To fill up your veggie patch, consider planting hardy greens like spinach or silverbeet, or some ground-growers like garlic or potatoes. Or, if you’re more of a floral fanatic, bright winter flowers like pansies and violas are a great choice. Australian natives like Wattle and Grevillea also put on a fantastic winter show, and they’re excellent for attracting local birdlife!
Winter can be harsh, especially in Victoria! But with a bit of extra protection, your plants will make it to spring unscathed. Cover delicate plants with a frost cloth, move potted plants to a sheltered spot, or consider setting up a mini greenhouse. Remember to mulch your garden beds too; a thick layer of straw or compost can help insulate plant roots against frost and keep the soil enriched.
KEEP UP THE MAINTENANCE
Winter is the perfect time for some garden maintenance. Prune deciduous trees and shrubs once they’ve lost their leaves to promote strong, healthy growth come spring. And get stuck into those pesky winter weeds early—for some tips on busting weeds naturally, click here! Finally, remember to keep up the watering, even in winter—your plants still need hydration! Just note: aim to water in the mornings on milder days, otherwise you could be unintentionally aiding frost damage.
By choosing the right plants, offering a bit of extra protection, and keeping up with maintenance, you can enjoy a beautiful, thriving garden all year round. So why not embrace the chill, pull on your beanie and get gardening?
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