Summer came, and just as abruptly as the warmer weather seemed to take hold – it went away. Now, Autumn well and truly has a hold of us, with only colder weather promised to come. If you’ve got green fingers, then chances are your garden was beautifully in bloom all Summer long – but what can you do to keep it healthy through the Winter until Spring has sprung again? If you’re wanting to make sure your garden stays healthy all year long, here’s how you can get it ready for the
cold weather ahead.
Get Rid of Any Dead or Diseased Plants and Weeds
Imagine you were planning on selling your house fast this Winter. It can be difficult enough to sell in the winter months anyway, never mind if your garden is looking a little, shall we say, worse for wear.
This is just one reason of many why it’s so important to get rid of any dead or diseased plants or pesky weeds that are hanging around your garden. They can’t bring anything positive, so it’s best to just get rid of them.
If, like many people you decide on leaving these until the Spring, you’re likely to be the victim of a pest invasion. Slugs and snails will see this sort of thing as a glorious feast, so really, you’re just inviting them into your garden by leaving it readily available for them. This means the slugs will likely nest here, and when Spring comes around and you’re replanting all of your precious little seedlings – they’ll be ready to pounce on those too. don’t give them a reason to claim sanctuary in your garden!
The good thing about most of this sort of debris is it doesn’t have to go to waste, and can actually be composted, which will nicely contribute to the growth of your garden in the future. However, any of the diseased foliage has to go, as it increases the chances highly of diseases such as blight being spread. These can be easily burned at a high temperature.
Burn Waste and Produce Ash
Burning waste and keeping the ash to use in your garden can be highly beneficial, surprisingly enough. It’s actually really good for helping you to get rid of diseased wood material too, so it’s a win win.
Wood ash is a great addition to the garden, because it’s a good alkaline that contains potassium which is a nutrient that’s vital for the health of your crops. If you use small amounts in your compost, you’ll reap the benefits. It’s especially good for this if you ever use acidic produce like orange peels in your compost, because it helps to level out the overall acidity levels – plus it can reduce the risk of your garden and plants becoming diseased with clubroot. If you ever end up growing raspberries, apples or tomatoes, it’s a great supplement for them too.
Generally Maintain Your Garden
So the weather might not be grand – that’s no excuse for you not to generally try and maintain your garden as best you can.
For example sheds, fences and outhouses are likely to require some maintenance in preparation for the winter weather, such as a strong coat of weatherproof paint or varnish.
It’s also a good idea to clean and sharpen all of your tools, as now is the time you’ll be using them least. Chances are they’ll have gotten dirty and become more blunted over the Summer months when you’ve frequently been gardening, so now is as good a time as any to get them prepared for their next use.
It goes without saying, that you should also be trimming and treating your lawn throughout the winter too, to stop it from becoming irreparable come the Summer months. So if we get a dry day, make the most of it and cut the grass!
Prepare the Ground for Future Planting
Last but certainly not least, be sure to prepare te ground for what you’re planning on planting in the future.
It’s as simple as this – dig up your ground, and treat it with fertiliser and compost in order to grow a plentiful batch of plants when seeding time comes in the Spring. The Winter weather is renowned for breaking down healthy materials in the soil, so now is the best time to ensure the ground is at its most healthy. The more you do now, the better your garden will be come next Summer.