Keeping a Winter Garden

Don’t you feel like taking it easy, kicking off your shoes and lying around sipping a mug of hot chocolate during winter?

It’s quite normal for people to be less active during the cold season, but this doesn’t have to be the case for your garden as well, because there’s no reason not to grow a winter garden.

Most people think that winter season is the time for the garden to rest and recuperate for the coming springtime.

However, there are actually many ways to maintain a winter garden to keep you and your garden busy during the cold season. It doesn’t take an expert gardener to grow plants during the winter season; you just need to do a bit of research to find out how to effectively grow a winter garden.

To have the perfect winter garden, select plants that can grow well in the cold. There are plants that actually need cooler temperatures and less sunlight to thrive, so they are perfect for your winter garden.

Here are some suggested plants and shrubs to fill out the spaces in your winter garden and keep it looking alive:

  • Daphne – Plant these in soil rich in humus, moist but well-drained. Protect these from the cold winds. Water them frequently.
  • Winterberry – Plant these in medium wet to wet soil. They can take full sunlight to partial shade.
  • Red twig dogwood – Plant this in moist, well-drained soil.
  • Calendula – Plant these in prepared soil, and remember to sow the seeds after the danger of frost is done. They can also take full sunlight to partial shade.
  • Nandina – Plant these in moist, fertile soil. Protect them from harsh winds.
  • Sweet olive – Plant in any type of soil except in the poorest sandy soil. Place some mulch around the roots.

Here are some suggested flowers to add color and beauty to your winter garden:

  • Camellia – Make sure you keep them out of cold winds, and in rich and moist but well-drained soil. Never allow the soil where they are planted to dry out.
  • Hellebore – Plant these in rich soil and water them frequently. Remove the old leaves during dry weather.
  • Snowdrop – Plant these in soil rich in humus, moist but well-drained. Once the flowers have faded, replant the greens.
  • Garrya Eliptica – Plant these in any type of soil. They can withstand the cold wind, but it is always a good idea to protect them a bit.
  • Mahonia – Plant in any type of soil. These are hardy plants and are relatively easy to grow and cultivate.
  • Pansies – Plant these while they are turning into flowers and place them in the sunniest area in the garden. Plant pansies of a certain color together for maximum effect.
  • Witch hazel – Plant these in rich, well-drained soil. The scent of the flowers is very lovely.
  • Holly – Plant these in any type of soil, but make sure the soil is not too wet. They grow best in rich, gravelly or sandy loam.

Here are some suggested vegetables guaranteed to give your winter garden a fresh scent and keep you healthy during the entire winter time, too:

  • Cilantro – Plant these in light, well-drained loam or sandy soil. Make sure you water them only once per day, as too much water can kill them.
  • Peas – Plant these in well-drained, fertile soil. Plant them two inches apart, and about an inch deep.
  • Radish – Plant these in light, sandy loam soil rich in humus. October to January is the best season to cultivate them as they are generally considered as cold-season crop.
  • Cabbage – Plant these in sandy to heavy soil that is rich in organic matter. Make sure the soil is always well-drained.
  • Broccoli – Plant these in well-drained soil and make sure they are placed 18 to 24 inches apart.
  • Cauliflower – Plant these in well-drained soil and place them 18 to 24 inches apart, like what you should do with broccoli.

In general, the soil must be perfectly drained to grow your winter garden. Make sure to add sand and organic matter to your garden soil to lighten the texture and to improve its drainage.

When cultivating your winter garden, be on the constant lookout for snails and slugs, as they also thrive in cold weather and love dark hiding places.

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