We know: The winter is dragging on and you’re eager to get your green thumb back in the gardening game. Not to fret – there are things you can do now to enhance the outcome once the snow has melted and prepare for a glorious spring.
Keep channelling your typical garden loving self during the chilly months; just imagine yourself working behind-the-scenes this season.
1. Get a Gardening Plan
Feeling some winter blues because you haven’t been out in the garden? Start implementing your “off-season” training plan – it’s just as important as the spring and summer months. Here’s how:
- Record what and where you planted last year, the successes and challenges, and start jotting down ideas for the spring garden. What have you imagined? What colours do you see incorporated into your plan? Do you see flowering plants? Perennials?
- If you have a few minutes to yourself, grab a gardening magazine and clip pages for inspiration.
- Create a planting map of your garden and use it as a guide for ordering seeds or buying from your local garden centre in the coming months.
2. Lean on the Experts
Winter gives landscapers and other gardening professionals more time for you, the gardening hobbyist. So don’t sit by the sidelines, wondering how to correctly prune that Japanese maple tree in the back yard. Ask! Visit local garden centres, contact farmers or landscapers and run your plans by the experts you meet.
3. Check out Seed Catalogues?
If you’re planning to try something more exotic this year, seed catalogues are the way to go. Order early to prevent missing out on the planting window because seeds are out of stock, and check for early bird discounts. Use exotic plants for inspiration for varieties you may not have otherwise known about.
4. Take it Indoors?
Don’t forget your indoor greenery! You can get some of your gardening fix by bringing plants inside, and you’ll get the benefits like cleaning the air indoors. Plants can help reduce pollutants and create a cleaner home environment. Not shabby, eh?
The Best Air Cleaning Plants.? If creating a greener, cleaner home is a priority for you, these plants are go-to options to try. Try to include at least one plant per room or per 100 square feet for maximum air cleaning benefits – although more wouldn’t hurt!
Try: Rubber plant, English ivy, lady palm, bamboo palm or gerbera daisy.
Foolproof Plants.? If you haven’t had much luck with houseplants in the past, this list is a great place to start. Each of the following plants requires minimal care and can even thrive in spaces with less than ideal natural light.
Try: Fiddleleaf fig, snake plant, English ivy, spider plant, rubber tree, Boston fern or philodendron.
Here are some tips to care for your houseplants in the winter:
- For plants that need a natural light source, close the curtains or blinds between the window and your houseplants on very cold nights or move plants to the centre of the room away from drafty windows or doors.
- Make certain that plants have sufficient humidity by setting a cup of water nearby.
- If you plan to start seeds indoors, be sure to calculate back at least six weeks before the last frost before you begin.
5. Prep Your Garden Tools?
Winter is a great time to get organized and take inventory of all your gardening tools and machinery.
- Make sure everything is safe from the elements and get rid of any tools that are broken or badly damaged.
- In your garden planner, record anything you need to replace.
- Get items like lawn mowers serviced, sharpen your shears and clean trowels to remove grass, dirt or other debris. This way, your tools are like new when you’re ready to head back into the garden.
Leave a comment below with your favourite way to beat the winter gardening blues!