As we move into winter and dig out our thermal socks, gardening might be the last thing on your mind. It may be chilly outside but there is still plenty of work to be done in the garden throughout the winter months. Here we offer 5 crucial tips for how to spend your gardening time productively throughout the cold season.
- Colder weather presents the perfect opportunity to start new landscaping projects such as building raised vegetable beds, edging paths and gardens and redesigning your garden layout in preparation for spring planting.
- Vegetable beds will benefit from a generous application of compost and a variety of winter vegetables such as broccoli, garlic, kale, silver beet, snow peas and spinach can be planted
- Winter is a great time for tree planting and an amazing array of fruit trees and deciduous ornamentals will be available in garden centres that can add colour and structure to even the smallest gardens.
- Remember when planting to prepare the soil well by digging in loads of compost to ensure a lovely enriched soil around tree roots.
- Perennials can be lifted and divided and lawns that have struggled over summer can be aerated in readiness for spring.
Need an extra incentive? Studies have shown that those prone to bouts of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD for short) can benefit hugely from the increased natural light intake that comes as an added bonus when spending time working outdoors.
If the thought of spending too much time out in the cold gives you the shivers (groan!), you might consider starting an indoor garden. Thanks to our relatively temperate climate here in New Zealand, you can grow herbs, plants or flowers throughout winter without even stepping outside, with the added bonus of improving air quality in the home.