Saturday 11 November 2023

Winter is Coming: Tips for getting your Garden Ready

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November may be at the end of Autumn and even heading into Winter but there is still time to get all sorts of gardening jobs done before the frost arrives and the garden becomes pretty dormant for winter. This year it has been very mild down here in the South of England and this means there is even still time to plant some tulip, daffodil, and crocus bulbs ready for the spring. I always think there is something really joyous about seeing those green shoots early in the year, they make me feel like there is hope after the dark mornings and dreary weather. 

Rake the Leaves

Hopefully, if you have a garden with plenty of trees you've been keeping on top of this job. All those leaves are such a rich source of nutrients to add to our compost pile. First, keep them in a separate pile or store in a container or bag, but make sure there are holes as the oxygen is needed to help the leaves break down into mould. Once that has happened you can add them to your compost or use as mulch.

Soil Maintenance

Now is your last chance to prepare your soil before winter really sets in. Turn the earth over whilst there is still some heat in the soil and make sure you have removed any annuals, and pruned your perennials right back to protect them for next spring. Make sure that any bar earth is protected with a good layer of compost, mulch or even plastic sheeting. 

Think Ahead

As the garden goes to sleep, the gardener doesn't. Now is the time to plan out how you want the garden to look next year. Place your order for Spring planted bulbs and any berry trees that you require. Draw out a sketch of how you'd like your garden to look and this will help you to know how many plants or bulbs to order.