The winter garden may not be that inviting at first glance. But if you bundle up warm for a walk through it, you will be surprised at what delights await.

snowy backyard

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…

Those lyrics may sound familiar, especially at this time of year with the holiday season upon us. And in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere the weather is frightful with winter storms bringing snow, rain, wind and cold temperatures.

Most of us are holed up inside or at shopping malls, rarely venturing outside into our gardens. I’m the same, preferring to work on projects inside the house instead of getting cold and wet in the garden.

However, there are some great experiences you can have in the garden if you bundle up warm and take a chance that it won’t rain for a few minutes or the blizzard will stop for a little while at least:

  • pick some vegetables for dinner if you are lucky and still have some hardy winter vegetables that are protected or are surviving freezing temperatures
  • feed the birds and make sure they have a supply of unfrozen water
  • watch the birds
  • pick some holly or evergreen boughs for a display inside or on your front door
  • talk to your neighbours over the fence about their holiday plans (assuming your neighbours are not holed up inside)
  • share some extra produce with your neighbours – you might have to ring their doorbell if they are holed up inside
  • put up some holiday decorations including lights in your backyard, even if it is just you that can see them

And a bonus: when you come back inside, you can warm up with a nice hot beverage and perhaps a piece of shortbread or other holiday treat and dream of your garden warming up in spring.

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Wishing you all the best!

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Marc Thoma

Tranquil Urban Homestead, Victoria, BC

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Marc Thoma

Marc is the founder of Healthy Fresh Homegrown, a published author and owns Tranquil Urban Homestead, an urban homestead on 1/8 acre in beautiful Victoria, BC, Canada. He has more than 15 years gardening experience and is working steadily on improving his own urban homestead, working toward being more self-sufficient by growing most of his own vegetables and fruit for his family.

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