Backyard Winter Gardening Is Fun

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Misconceptions about backyard winter gardening are unfortunately very common: it is difficult, slow, or impossible. Winter gardens are not at all difficult to construct and can be a lot of fun to do. They can also be a great way to save money on your electric bill this year. Winter gardens are typically built in late fall or early winter, before most flowers and plants begin to die back. You will need to prepare your garden for the winter by removing any foliage that may have been attached to the plants with sticky roots, trimming back bushes or stumps, and making sure that there are no unexpected water or snow buildup on the base of trees.

Some people think they cannot have their own winter garden because it requires digging. While digging a winter garden takes time and patience, the work involved is minimal compared to gardening during the summer months. Plus, you will have better control over the type of soil you use because winter gardening requires a deeper, looser soil with less nutrients.

Most people start by selecting a place with ample shade for the winter garden. Next they choose the plants they want to include. Most perennials make a nice choice because they grow quickly, and they are easy to keep healthy during the winter. Some of the more expensive annuals do better in the winter. Planting mixes are available which can be used to prepare the soil. The best time of year to plant perennial plants is late winter or early spring.

You Need To Prepare The Soil

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Once the garden is established, you will need to prepare the soil. This can be done a number of ways. If you live in a colder climate, you should consider mulching. Mulch is made from wood, leaves, straw, paper, cardboard, grass clippings, pine needles, and branches. It provides a protective, insulating layer against freezing rain and temperatures dipping below freezing.

If your climate is warm and sunny, you will not need to mulch. However, you may want to if the leaves on the plants appear green and shiny. This provides a contrast with the green foliage that is usually present when the plants are dormant. In addition to providing protection, it also makes the plants look better.

A protective, waterproof layer can be applied over the soil once the planting begins. This layer needs to be applied before the first frost. The primary ingredient is chicken manure, which is extremely rich in nitrogen. Winter hardy plants need to have a nitrogen source. Other nutrients that plants need to survive the winter are phosphorus and potassium.

You Should Create A Plan For The Overall Season

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When plants come into direct contact with frost they will stop growing. This is why you will need to harvest your garden in the winter. Harvesting in the winter will ensure that you get all of the fruits and vegetables out of the plant. The majority of gardeners will wait until spring to harvest their garden. This is because in the fall, the plants are going to be very busy getting through the previous year’s leaves.

For successful backyard winter gardening you should create a plan for the overall season. You should plan how much space you have available. You should also determine the amount of food that you have in storage. You should have a supply of emergency seeds, which can be stored in watertight containers in the house. You should also plan the types of plants that you will grow and the planting times.

Check With Your Local Authorities

Do not be afraid to get creative when choosing the plants that you will grow. There are many wonderful and exotic plants that grow well in the winter. You should choose hardy plants that can handle low temperatures. You can find many amazing flowers and vegetables in the winter. If you are a landscaper, you may want to check with a nursery to see if there are any plants that are specifically bred for colder climates. Most nurseries can grow these types of plants for you.

You should check with local authorities before starting your backyard winter gardening. They may have restrictions on the type of plants you can have in your yard. You should get rid of any plants that are dangerous to your health or that could cause property damage. You should always make sure that you are using pesticides and insecticides properly. You should also check the soil and make sure that it is properly prepared.

Bottom Line

Before you get started in backyard winter gardening, you should learn all of the information that you can. You should read up on the type of garden that you would like to have. If you are not knowledgeable about this, you should ask someone who is. You should also consider talking to a professional gardener so that you are prepared for what is involved. This is an enjoyable way to spend your time and you can have a lot of fun while you are gardening.

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