Want to know what are the things you can do for fall and winter garden? Many people believe that gardening is only a project during spring and summer. But, during cooler months our attention turns elsewhere and then, we cautiously allow our precious flower beds and plots to rest until the land is warm again. But, there are still lots of things you can do outdoors during fall and winter to keep on growing your own food and be prepared for the coming of the next growing season. Here’s a brief gardening-fix you can follow to continue your gardening activities this fall and winter.
Gardening Tips For The Winter Season
Gardening-Fix You Should Do For Fall And Winter
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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? Or so I thought until I did some searching online and found out I actually didn’t have the time to be idling about.
Although you can’t have the pleasure of planting outdoors, there are a lot of activities which are actually beneficial to your garden. Find out the gardening must-dos to get ahead next growing season as you read through. And check these 15 things you should be doing in your fall and winter garden if you’re running out of ideas to get busy with this season.
It can be frustrating when you’ve just recently enjoyed your first harvest and want to grow more but then comes the winter season. I’ve been in the same shoes and how I would look out of my kitchen window into my garden and imagine spring.
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 these essential fall and winter garden tasks.
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
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With all the fallen leaves and the left-overs from your spring and summer vegetable garden, a fall clean up is really necessary. This will prevent rot in your grass and spread of plant diseases for your new plants next growing season. Plus the gathered garden trash make good materials for composting.
Pruning will also help prevent the spread of plant diseases by cutting out the inflicted parts. This is ideal in late winter in many regions. It encourages growth in the spring and blooms for the flowering ones. Avoid pruning in fall when the spread of fungi is more prolific in this season.
2. Cook Up A Compost
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Although the cold season will hinder speedy micro-organic activities, you can still compost in winter. Considering how compost materials are in abundance from a fall garden clean-up, 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.
Make sure to cut up your compost materials into bits and pieces to speed up the process. An insulated compost bin will also help spread the process since the microorganisms working in your compost will be protected from the cold.
3. Plant A Perennial Bulb Flower Garden
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Don’t plant bulbs in your flower garden and you’ll miss out on a beautiful almost magical flower garden. With flowering bulbs like crocuses, snowdrops, daffodils, and tulips, you’ll make a winter wonderland of your garden with them popping in the snow. Pick gorgeous flowering bulbs here for your flower garden.
Grow small flowering bulbs such as crocuses and snowdrops in clumps for an impact. Add tulips of different colors for a lovely all season flower garden. Don’t plant bulbs in soggy grounds as they are prone to rots and mulching your planted bulbs will protect them in dormancy.
4. Inventory Of Garden Tools And Seeds
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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
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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.
Growing in greenhouses don’t have to be costly when high tunnel greenhouses are easy and inexpensive to build. 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. Find out what plants you can grow indoors here to extend the growing season.
6. Start Seeds Indoors
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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.
7. Cold Hardy Vegetable Garden
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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. Look for more crops and plants ideal for winter gardening here.
Want to see the full list? Check it out on GardenSeason.com.
Want some more fall and winter gardening ideas? Then check this video from Lowe’s Home Improvement:
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 that 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!
What do you think of these activities for fall and winter garden? Are you going to give them a try? I’m excited to know! Let me know in the comments below.
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