Is the cold making you to stay indoors to keep warm? Even though it’s freezing out there are still a ton of Winter Garden Jobs that need to be done. Might as well you make a plan and Brave the Cold Weather!!!!
Brave The Cold Weather And Do All These Winter Garden Jobs
Just because the weather is cold outside doesn’t mean you should stay tucked up under a blanket on the sofa this Winter. After all, there is plenty of work that needs to be done! And a lot of that work can be found outside in your garden. Just because the plants and grass won’t be growing quickly in the cold, and some flowers may have died over the past couple of months, you shouldn’t give up on gardening now. In fact, there are plenty of things you can be getting on with out there. So this January, be sure to brave the cold and get out there into your garden. You will surely be conquering the cold by getting your Winter Garden Jobs under control.
Clean Out Your Gutters
You need to clean out your gutters at least once a year, which most people choose to do in late summer or early fall. They can then be sure that their gutters are completely empty and ready for all the debris and dead leaves that will fall in through winter. But it doesn’t hurt to get your ladder out and check them again now. You can then make sure that they aren’t too full and won’t block up. If you do leave them until next summer, you are running the risk of them blocking. This will prevent rain water flowing down the drain. Instead, it will overflow out of the gutters and trickle down your property walls, which could cause structural damage.
Cover Your Fruit And Vegetables
Do you grow your own fruit and vegetables? If you have done for a number of years already, you will probably already be familiar with what you need to do to protect these plants through cold spells. If you are new to this, you might not be entirely sure how to protect them. It’s easy really! You just need to cover them so that hungry birds and insects can start eating them! You can buy special nets that are made just for this job in your local garden center. If you can’t get to your nearest garden center, you can always use a soft material, such as hessian. Make sure it isn’t waterproof, as all your plants will need rainwater to survive.
Start A Compost Bin
Do you dream of having a completely organic garden? There is a really simple way you can get started on this right now. You just need to start composting in a compost bin. Make sure you have a bin or container that can stay withstand and won’t rust or degrade in bad weather. A cleaned-out oil drum is perfect for this. Then you just need to start filling it with any organic waste your garden produces, for instance, cuttings from your bushes and trees. Still got your old Christmas tree? Well, one excellent idea is to chop up the tree and add it to your compost. It’s such an easy way of disposing of it! Once the organic matter starts to decompose and breakdown, you can spread it on your garden so that all your plants and flowers get all the nutrients that they need.
Improve Your Decking Area
If you have been meaning to update and improve your decking area recently, now is the time to do so. There isn’t too much work you can do to your plants now so you might as well spend this time working on the non-organic parts of your garden, right? If you have a simple decking area, you might like to spruce it up a bit by adding a decking balustrade. If there is no rain forecast for the next few days, you should also think about giving wooden decking a quick coat of sealant. This will help to keep it protected from the rain and bad weather.
Prune Your Wisteria
Wisteria has become a very popular garden plant over the past few years. Sure, this looks like a , but there is one major downside to having this in your garden: it needs a lot of pruning! If you have some on your property, now is the time to give it a quick pruning. Don’t think that this is a job you can simply ignore. If you do, the wisteria will start to grow uncontrollably and will start to look very untidy. Not only that, though, but regular pruning helps the flowers to bloom a lot better. In January and February, you only have to cut your wisteria back to two or three buds. You’ll be able to do this with some simple gardening shears. If there are a lot of leaves on your plant, you may like to cut these off so that they don’t cover up the flowers once spring is here and the plant starts to bloom.
Clean Your Greenhouse
If you have a greenhouse, it probably won’t have seen a lot of action through this winter. But that will all change once spring is here and things start to grow again! While things are quiet in your greenhouse, you have plenty of chance to get in there and give it a good clean out. You should take out any empty pots and clean them so that they are ready for spring and planting new bulbs and seeds. It is also a good idea to wipe down all the shelves and give the floor a good brush and mop. You should also check the glass on the walls to make sure that there are no cracks or other faults that need repairing.
Plan This Year’s Vegetable Rotation
Another point for those of you who grow your own veggies! Now is the time to sit down with a nice cup of tea and work out a plan for your vegetable patch. Think about the types of vegetables you want to grow, and work out if you will need to rotate your use of space. If so, you should outline a plan now. This will give you an idea of when you need to plant seeds and prepare to harvest all your crops so that you have enough time to get the soil ready for planting another batch of crops!
What do you have planned during these cold months? Will you be able to get all of your Winter Garden Jobs accomplished?