It is no secret that the winter months are not exactly ideal for gardening. The ground is hard, the weather is unkind and there is just a general feeling that you would rather not be outside. However, the truth is, winter is still a great time to get out in your garden, you are just going to need to know the things to target and tackle!
With this in mind, we have put together our handy gardening planner that you can use to plan in your garden tasks during the winter months.
Think about cleaning or replacing your garden furniture
During the summer there is good chance that your garden furniture got plenty of use, however, is it now left discarded and unwanted in your garden? If it has, then it is likely to be looking a little worse for wear. So, what should you do? When it comes to wooden benches and other forms of garden furniture, rather than having to replace it, you may find that it simply needs a good clean. This is particularly true if it is made from durable materials that are designed to stand the test of time. Something that you will so often find with wooden benches and garden furniture in general.
There are a variety of great things about composting, one of them is that you can do it all year round. In fact, during the autumn and winter months you are likely to find that you have even more bits and bobs in the garden that you can add into the compost pile. Leaves and other things are going to be falling off the tree, which means that you can go around picking them up and turning them into incredibly valuable food for your plants when you do plant them.
Give everything a tidy
It can often seem during the winter months that your garden becomes a little on the untidy side. This means that there is no better excuse to get out there and get tidying. As you will have seen above, any plant matter can be popped onto the compost pile, which is a great idea. Not only this, but you can also trim back any plants, shrubs or trees that have become a little unruly, as this will be so much easier with bare branches rather than branches packed full of leaves.
Think about what you are going to plant in the spring
It may not seem like it in the depths of winter, but before we know it the spring will be here and it will be time to get planting. This means that it really pays to think about what you want to plant in your garden. Not only will this give you enough time to prepare the soil and buy the seeds, but you can also think about placement, care and how to make sure that those seeds grow into something special. All very welcome things if you are slightly less than green fingered.
Consider the wildlife
It isn’t just us people who find the winter months hard, or animal friends do too. Our gardens are somewhat of a wildlife haven even if you don’t realise it, which means that you are going to need to make an effort to help those creatures that might visit your garden. Depending on the type of animals that you are likely to see, you are going to need to put out food and shelter for them, making sure that this doesn’t attract any predators that could cause a problem for them.
Organise your shed
Have you found that your shed has become a little on the messy side? This means that you may need to take some time to sort it out. You are unlikely to need some of the tools and equipment just at the moment, which means that there has never been a better time to check them all over, make sure they are in good condition and that they are being properly stored. That way, when you need them in a few weeks time, you will know exactly where to find them!
As you can see, just because it is winter, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your garden. So grab your wellies and a woolly hat and brave the cold, you never know just good you can get you garden looking, despite the grey and drab weather conditions that you might find lurking outside.