We are a nation of garden lovers! Believe it or not, gardening has topped various polls as one of the most loved and engaged with hobbies of a whole variety of individuals. While traditionally, many of us associate gardening with the older generation, nowadays the pastime is drawing in a much wider demographic, varying from children to teens, young adults and the middle-aged too! Now, we are in the midst of winter, so you might not fancy hitting the outdoors for a spot of digging, weeding, and planting. Who can blame us? Temperatures have dropped this week and you don’t get the immediate reward and satisfaction of planting beautiful, bright flowers and seeing them thrive.
However, before you can get stuck into those spring garden jobs you need to carry on with your hard work even if it is freezing outside! If you’re unsure of where to start, here are a few things that you can do to keep your garden in good nick until the sun starts shining again.
Consider greenhouse gardening
Greenhouses are secure glass buildings where you can house delicate or sensitive plants in a controlled environment. Investing in one will ensure that you always have a place to grow and nurture whatever blooms you may like without having to worry about how external elements will affect their development. We hope to add another greenhouse in the old house garden but first I need to clean out the one we have and fix the broken pane that was hit by a rogue hockey ball! This doesn’t mean that I can’t dream of a new one! Find one that suits your needs at https://www.greenhousestores.co.uk.
Remember to water the greenery
Many novice gardeners make the mistake of thinking that it rains a lot more around this time of year, so they don’t need to get the watering can or hose out. Sure, nature may help out a little more in the rainier seasons, but you still need to ensure that any greenery in your garden or greenhouse gets a sufficient and consistent supply of water. Monitor the rain and top your trees, bushes, plants and lawn up where necessary.
Focus on more resilient plants
While plants with petals tend to wither in the harsher elements, you can still add a touch of colour and life to your garden year-round by investing your time, money, and effort into the maintenance of sturdier and more hardy plants. A good place to start is planting evergreen trees. These types of tree keep their leaves year round, and they also have the benefit of bringing a festive feel to colder months. Firs are generally the most popular option, so take a look at the wide variety of species that are out there.
Remove dead leaves
Different trees lose their leaves during different months, so from Autumn onwards there tends to be a lot of dead plant matter wherever you look. If they are left on your lawn, they will block the sunlight and prevent it from reaching the grass beneath, as well as preventing moisture from evenly reaching the ground too. This will result in brown and dead grass which will take a long time to grow back. So save yourself this problem by raking leaves up or using a leaf blower.
These are just a few garden-based activities that you can undertake in the colder months to keep your space looking great and prepped for the coming spring months!
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A blog about my life in The Old House, a mum to teenagers, a primary school teacher and my passion for gardening.