Some people seem to have gotten the impression that all your gardening activities stop during the winter periods. But that’s not correct.
I just read a fine article by Faith Fernandez on how you can take care of your garden during the colder months of the year.
The first thing you can do is to protect your plants against cold and maybe even frost, if you live in a cold climate. But how can you do that?
One way is to heap mulch around the roots of your plants. If you have potted plants it’s a good idea to take them inside during the cold months.
But protecting your more fragile plants isn’t the only thing you can do in your garden during the winter. I know that this may come as a surprise to some people, but you can actually grow plants – vegetables and flowers – in your garden during the winter.
Of course you can’t grow just any kind of plant during the winter, but Faith Fernandez mentions such plants as broccoli, spinach, collards, kale, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. These plants can actually be sown during the winter. And one of the advantages of doing this is that your plants are not as vulnerable against pests and plant diseases as they are if you sow them in the warmer months. Again, this may surprise many people, but to me this has given Organic Gardening a completely new perspective.
If you want to protect your plants during the winter you can also grow your plants in a greenhouse or a hothouse, if you have one. Another solution is to use raised containers that protect your vegetables and flowers against frost in the soil.
You can read Faith’s article here, if you like: