How to Keep Gardening in Winter
When winter arrives, that’s it for gardening right? Of course not, there are plenty of things you can do to keep gardening in winter, even when the weather is bad.
So winter has hit full force! Your yard is covered in a few feet of snow or it’s been raining heavily for days or gale-force winds are rattling the windows and bending the tree branches almost to the point of breaking.
You’re likely thinking that gardening is done for the year and that you’ll have to find other non-gardening interests to keep you occupied.
However if you still want to do some “gardening”, there are enough interesting tasks that you can do to prepare for spring even when you can’t be in your garden.
Plan The Garden and Read Up on Gardening
Imagine sitting down with a nice cup of your favourite hot beverage and doing some garden planning or reading.
You will then know in spring exactly the how, when, where and what to plant without wasting any time.
Create Seed Tape and Sheets
Imagine preparing some seed tape or sheets, creating a way to easily plant seeds without wasting time.
You will have a head-start in spring when it is time to do seeding and your seeds will be evenly spaced out without any waste.
Stock Up On Gardening Supplies
Imagine topping up your gardening supplies, so that you are not missing anything crucial.
You will then be ready to start early seeding and have everything else to get the rest of your garden growing well in spring.
Build Some Planter Boxes
Imagine building one or more simple planter boxes using sturdy construction and materials.
You’ll have a functional, strong and beautiful looking container that is just the right size for your child’s first garden or for yourself, ready to host the first plants of the season.
Here are the links to four articles and a product that’ll give you tasks that you can do inside where it is warm and dry while winter storms rage outside.
- What Garden Reading You Can Do This Winter
- How to Plan Next Year’s Garden
- 21 Useful Gardening Supplies to Restock this Winter [Buying Guide]
- How to Easily Make Seed Tape and Sheets
- Children’s Garden Planter Box eBook
I’ll add one more winter activity that can be very enjoyable especially if you like tropical flowers. Visit a botanical greenhouse if you have one close by. It’s usually quite warm inside (be prepared to take off your winter coat, mittens/gloves, hat and such!) and it is very tranquil and peaceful to stroll among some flowers that you may normally not see even in summer in your city.
Have you tried this and how was the experience?
Hi Marc, how about spending some time during the winter assembling simple scarecrows to maybe keep deer out? Haven’t found a pattern yet but sure there some around. Pinterest probably.
Chris, that is a great idea. I’ll have to do some searching to see what I can find. May be a future post on how to make them! 🙂
I luckily don’t have a deer problem as my backyard is fully fenced. But I gave up on having hosta in the front yard as the deer kept razing the blossoms and the leaves down to the ground. This year for some reason we were lucky and they didn’t eat the tulips in the front but I did put down some meatmeal, which helps as they hate the smell.