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Winter Tips For Gardening

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

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While many people think of Winter as the off season for gardening, it’s actually the perfect time to start preparing your garden for Spring. It’s important to remember that through the colder months where there is less sunshine, your garden is going to need a lot of TLC to help it survive. Follow these simple tips to ensure your garden stays as beautiful as ever throughout Winter.

Remove weeds regularly.

During this time, weeds will unfortunately be in full force due to recent rainfall. It is important to remove them regularly before they mature and seed set. After you’ve done this, you can put down a layer of mulch to deprive the weeds of the light they need to germinate and stop any airborne seeds from landing on your soil and taking root.

Start pruning.

Get your secateurs ready! This is the time to start pruning your roses, hydrangeas, wisteria and grapes. Be bold, and only leave open three or four main stems. After, be sure to spray them and the surrounding soil with lime sulfur to deter pests and diseases.

Plant some winter flowers.

In Australia, our Winter consists of clear sunny days followed by cold nights which drop the soil temperature, making it the perfect time to plant certain flowers. Lavender, Luculia, and Daphne are three gorgeous flowers that thrive in Winter and also have a beautiful fragrance.

Plant some veggies.

If you have the space, Autumn and early Winter is the perfect time to plant vegetables and herbs that love cooler conditions. These will be ready to harvest throughout Winter and Spring and take your cooking to a whole new level! These vegetables love the cooler months and are definitely the ones to plant: beetroot, broccoli, carrot, Chinese cabbage, leek cauliflower, cress, onions, parsnip and spinach.

Be aware of frost.

Frost can have a very damaging impact on your garden, especially on the young plants that are fragile and affected by drastic temperatures. If you live somewhere that experiences a lot of frost throughout Winter, be sure to establish your plants early so they can better tolerate the temperature changes.

Stay on top of maintenance.

Growing in Winter means less watering is needed due to a lower evaporation rate, but that doesn’t mean your garden should be ignored. In order to encourage rapid growth and maximise your crop, feed your plants organic matter like manure or seaweed solution every few weeks.

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