Just because it’s the winter doesn’t mean that you should totally forget your garden. If you’re in Australia, when northern hemisphere cold predominates winter, you’re in the hot time of year!
But that’s not the point. The point is, there are real things you can do in the winter to prepare your garden for the spring, summer, and fall. In this writing we’ll briefly cover three secrets you might want to put to use here.
Collection Of Wood Ash
Wood ash which develops when you burn a cozy fire in the hearth while the snow falls outside actually has more benefits than you may realize. Such ash actually has excellent fertilization properties. Research to determine the best application for the plants you’re seeking to husband through the coming year. Wood ash is a great fertilizer, there are others.
Sometimes you can find materials you’ll need for certain plants that won’t be available when the season starts, but will be available at reduced cost due to over-stock off-season. While collecting wood ash over the winter, keep an eye out for discounts like these. Most such deals will be just after the season ends; sometimes shops get advance supplies in the winter, too.
Browse Seed Catalogs In Winter To Inform Next Year’s Planting
What moves you? What plants were you unable to husband last year, that you want to get growing this year? The winter is a great time to naturally stimulate your imagination with potential planting possibilities.
What you may want to do is collect varying physical catalogs and browse them before you work the ground. Don’t neglect online seed catalogs, either; you can find some excellent options if you go to My Seed Needs.
Sometimes there are plants that need to be put in the ground as seeds when spring is yet a long-time off, and if you didn’t browse, you’d never learn that. Just because you’re not in the garden physically doesn’t mean you should avoid being in the garden mentally. Think like the ant and the grasshopper!
The grasshopper was lazy while the ant built up resources for winter, then the grasshopper died. But what was that ant doing over the winter? Just twiddling its many thumbs? Of course not! That ant was making plans for summer! Theoretically. The point is, maximize your time, and use winter for planning.
For Long-Term Blooms (Onions/Leaks) Midwinter Is Planting Time
Long-term bloomers like onions and leaks must be planted in the middle of the winter if you’re going to harvest them with the rest of your crop’s yield. Do it before the first big freeze—even late autumn can be a wise planting time. Timing is all-important if you want to maximize your resources, and have the most bountiful harvest.
Maximizing All Times Of The Year For Your Garden
Winter is cold, especially in northern latitudes where the only green you’ll see is on the pine trees. But just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you should freeze your garden planning. There is still work to be done. Supplies can be collected. Plans can be made. There are even certain flora you’ll want to put in the ground early.
As you go about husbanding your garden, you’ll have yearly successes and failures. The year has its cycles, and within them are people and plants. It all works together like a grand mechanism, but organic. Use winter to increase your grasp of the gardening part of this mechanism. It’s a great excuse, if nothing else, to brush up on reading material concerning subject matter agreeable to you.