Using Your Garden During Winter

During winter, most people prefer indoor spaces over their outdoor areas. What was once a thriving garden will be a shadow of itself and therefore not many people will be attracted to it. However, if you are an ardent gardener, not even the cold weather will deter you from working and enjoying your garden. But there are things that you will need in order to facilitate this.






Things that you need in your garden during winter


First, you will require an outdoor garden heater. This is essential when working or entertaining guests outdoor during the colder seasons. The number of heaters required will be dependent on the size of the garden as well as the number of people you may be entertaining. The heaters could be powered by electricity or gas and could be used in addition to fire pits, where need be. This could also be supplemented through the supply of warm throw blankets for use by different guests or family members.
Given the cold, you may want to use furniture that does not conduct heat from the bodies of your guests. As such, you may opt for wooden garden furniture or use heavy padding on all metallic seats. You may also cover the metallic tables with tablecloths to ensure that they are not too cold to the touch.  Remember to store the furniture well after use to prevent damage.


Things you need to do for your garden during winter


Protecting the perennial plantsAt the onset of winter, you must think about protecting your plants from the harsh weather conditions and the pests that roam about looking for something to nibble on. First, you should work on finding some indoor space for all tender plants. This could be in a storage shed, in the main house or even enclosed garages. Second, you need to protect the rest of the plants by covering them using either fleece or bubble wrap. This ensures that you do not have to start from scratch after the end of the season.


Compost


The onset of the season is the most appropriate time to add compost to your flower beds and garden as it allows the nutrients to seep into the soil throughout the season. You can either spread it on top of the soil or dig it into the grounds where possible. This way, the garden will be all fertile and ready for plantation when the season ends.


Covering the grounds


After you have removed all weeds and added compost to your garden and flower beds, you should cover the grounds with landscaping fabric. Where this is not available you could improvise and use cardboards, plastic bags and other available materials. This prevents the loss of nutrients and moisture from the soil all through winter and ensures that the gardens warm up faster after the end of the season such that you can hit the ground running.


If you love birds, you may try attracting some of them into your garden through installation of feeders. You can then leave nuts and other edibles for them and watch them either from the garden or adjacent areas. This is especially fun to children and they can even Learn more about birds in the process. So, just because winter is around the corner does not imply that you cannot use your garden or prepare it for the next season. Clearly there are plenty of activities that you and your family can engage in.