Preparing your garden for winter
Posted by Norfolk Gardener on 12th Nov 2014
The darker nights are here, it’s getting wetter and colder outside, and it’s time to give your garden a little ‘encouragement’ to stay amazing all winter.
Here’s a few tips we have compiled with some help from our friends:
>Protect your plants which won’t survive a frost.
- Bring them inside, either into the greenhouse, shed, or somewhere in your home. Hopefully you’ve not lost any with the few frosts we’ve had already! You can also cover them with blankets, bubble-wrap or a tarp, this is always at your risk. Remember North facing areas of your garden will always be colder and get less sunshine, with any frost likely to stay longer.
- Move any plants, pots and containers to sheltered areas of the garden to avoid windy areas.
>Start planting some bedding plants and bulbs for spring.
- One of the best things about gardening is the surprise factor! Plant your bulbs and bedding plants now with some care and in spring when your beautiful flowers peek through you’ll be thankful you got a little muddy!
- If you plan to do some winter digging then cover your soil with polythene to stop it freezing solid.
>If you haven’t already, plant some Hardy Annuals whilst there’s still time!
- Now is the time to start the foundations of your beautiful spring garden.
>Prune plants and bushes to get a tidy looking garden and give the wind less to blow around your garden.
- The more there is to blow around, the more you will have to tidy up. Also less likely to have damage and extra costs involved from flying debris.
>Rake up and collect leaves and plant matter from your garden.
- Otherwise which will just rot. It will also help to keep your garden tidy, and reduce the chance of slipping accidents on wet footpaths.
>Get interested in Mushrooms!
- Now is the perfect time of year to look into growing your own! There are many Mushroom kits available for some great fun winter growing.
>Look after you potted plants now, for later.
- Raise your potted plants and make sure that they are in a position, and suitable container, where the excess rainwater will drain away reducing waterlogging.
- Insulate your outside tap with some packaging foam or bubble wrap. Prevent freezing of pipes and damage that often comes with leaking taps and freezing weather.
>Help our flying friends.
- Allow good access to your bird houses by trimming brambles and branches, and top up bird feeders with some winter seed mix throughout the winter.
- Plan now for your spring growing and decide when, where and what you will be growing.
- Give your greenhouse a good clean, to allow maximum light to pass through the glass or plastic panels, also to have a nice clean start for your new crops and plants.
- Insulate your greenhouse, especially if it’s a glass house, also consider investing in a greenhouse heater to extend the growing season throughout the winter.
- If there’s time, and it’s dry enough, give your lawn the last cut of the year. Make sure it’s on a higher setting than you previously use for the summer, to avoid churning up the turf and turning the lawn to mud!
- Check your water butts are in good condition for the wet winter, give them a quick scrub if they have been neglected.
- Have ready a stiff brush and shovel to remove snowfall from greenhouses, sheds, driveways and pathways.