The winter time is a busy season in many areas of life. The holidays demand a lot of our time and attention. Once they’re over, the New Year comes along and brings a new set of demands for our time and attention. Because of these extras in the winter time, it can be a relief to have a reduced amount of garden tasks. But, for some, working in the garden provides enjoyment and stress relief. If you fall into the camp that loves working in the garden, you do not have to despair the arrival of winter. There are a number of things you can do in and for your garden even during the winter. Here are three simple garden tips that you can start working on today-even in the dead of winter.
Keep your garden clean
Debris in your garden can impact much more than how it looks. Dead leaves piling up can block out sunlight and nutrients some plants still need. In addition, they can provide covering and shelter for harmful pests. These things could cause damage to your plants and/or impede new growth in the spring. Plant debris from last year’s garden can do even more harm. If the plant debris in your garden is diseased it can spread disease to your healthy plants. In addition to disease, plant debris can be infested with pests that can be transferred to healthy plants. Promptly remove dead leaves, plant debris on the ground, and dead plants in your garden. Keeping up with cleaning out your garden in the winter time will go a long way toward protecting your garden in the spring.
Make a plan for your garden
Many plants die off or go into dormancy during the winter time. This means less time spent working in the garden each day. This frees up some time for you to make a plan for your garden. You can research new plants you want to add in the spring. Perhaps some mosquito repellant plants would be a good addition? Other elements you can plan are the layout and budget for the garden you want to create in the spring.
Start working on your plan
It may not be the right time to go shopping for plants but there are some active steps you can take to make your plan happen. For example, if you want to create a new flowerbed, you can start work on building the perimeter. Or, if you want a vegetable garden using raised beds, you can find or start building those now. Consider all the steps you need to take to get your spring garden where you want it and complete any tasks you can now so your job is easier in the spring.
Whether you love gardening or see it as another chore on your list, these tips can help you get a head start on your spring garden. Keeping your garden clean will minimize the chances of budding plants in spring developing disease or infestations. Making a plan for the spring and beginning the implementation of that plan in the winter time will allow you to spread the work on your garden out over time. Following these simple garden tips in the winter time will have a positive impact on your springtime garden.