Your garden may be winding down now as the colder weather approaches, but now is the time to get ready for a successful spring harvest. While the fall and winter seasons are often busy with holiday-related activities, try incorporating some of our winter garden to-do list below to ensure you have a beautiful and thriving garden once the weather is warm again in a few months.
1. Mulch! Mulch isn’t just for blocking weeds from sprouting in your garden. It also helps provide key nutrients, moisture, aeration and warmth to your soil, an environment that is much more manageable for plants to grow when the weather turns brisk and dry. Not to mention, mulch helps deter unwanted pests and other wildlife from burrowing in your planter beds.
2. Plant for the season. If you still want to produce a harvest during these months, opt for plants and veggies that grow best under cooler climates. Some include broccoli, spinach, kale and baby carrots.
3. Cover your plants. To prep for any/all cold days, cover your plants to keep them warm and to protect against frost that could otherwise stunt their ability to grow. Opt for fabric material rather than plastic. This will help maintain better circulation and allow the soil and roots to breath.
4. Eliminate weeds. These colder months provide a good opportunity for you to begin eliminating weeds from your pots and planter beds. If you wait too long to do this, these sneaky weeds will grow exponentially at the first sign of warmth. Best to get it under control sooner than later to avoid the hassle.
5. Begin sprouting your seeds indoors. Not all of us are lucky enough to have an outdoor greenhouse, but you can certainly begin to sprout your plants indoors where it is warmer with temperature and light control. This will not only save you money come spring when these sprouts are ready to plant, but they typically are stronger and heartier than store-bought sprouts, which will give them better chances of thriving.
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