Just because the months have grown colder, one does not need to hang up the gardening gloves for the season. There are a few basic things to consider no matter where you live.Once you have determined to how adapt for your climate, you are ready to grab your tools and dig into cold weather gardening. So get ready to key into your environment for clues on Seed Selection, Protection, Timing, Light & Tools!
Simple Tricks For Your Winter Garden
- Seed Selection: This is perhaps the most obvious and the starting point. Depending on where you live the winter climate varies greatly and therefore so does your potential crop. Begin by determining which plant hardiness zone you live in. This will help you narrow down which plants are able to survive your winter season.
- Covering/ Protection: Many seeds will call for a starting environment, like a green house, until established enough to survive harsher climates. Depending on how cold it gets where you live, the soil may freeze up to several inches deep. Placing a barrier for insulation may be needed to protect roots and seedlings. This can vary from straw and hay to mulch or peat moss. Heavy snow fall requires sturdy coverings, raised beds may also be easier to maintain soil temperatures. Warmer climates may not need ground covering, these areas can typically just wrap plants on cold night that frost may be a concern. Wind is also a big concern in the winter no matter where you live. Try planting more delicate varieties among stronger plants for natural protection.
- Timing: Exactly when you start your seeds will firstly depend on the needs of the seeds, this info is typically on the back of the seed packet. Secondly, your natural outdoor surroundings give great ques to planting. Watch for the subtle (or not so subtle) changes in weather patterns. Animal migration patterns can also be great indicators.
- Light: As the Earth rotates on it’s axis, the path the sun takes across your local sky changes and shifts throughout the year. Bed and greenhouse locations should reflect these changes. If you live in the far north, supplemental light can be provided by lamps to increase productivity.
- Tools: Colder weather means harsher climates and firmer soils. Quality tools that can break the soil are a must. Try a pair of Gloves from engelbert-strauss.co.uk. If your fingers are frozen they are far less effective. Keep them warm and functional with proper coverage.