Winter gardening

book coverAs the morning chill creeps up on us my garden has passed what I call its jungle phase and is moving into a gentle, mildew-sprinkled decline. I love how much its landscape changes through the seasons. Soon it will be mid-winter, when the bones of the garden are exposed – save for a few clumps of hardy brassicas, beets and emerging spikes of garlic.

There’s a wealth of information about spring and summer gardening available, but many gardeners struggle with maintaining a year-round garden. It’s too late to plant many things from seed now but you can still sow broad beans and peas. Garlic cloves can go in a couple of months either side of the traditional midwinter planting time and you can still get away with some seedling punnets of winter vegetables.

The exposed winter paths and beds also turn my thoughts to landscaping and planning the plantings for the next spring and summer. I’ve got a wee (read: enormous) list of tasks in mind, in between curling up by the fire with a few good winter recipe books. Maybe I’ll let the library come to me and spend a wet day or two browsing the Gale Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection on my home computer, available via The Source.

What do you like about your garden in winter? What are your inspirational winter gardening reads?

3 thoughts on “Winter gardening

  1. Window Tinting 20 June 2012 / 1:09 pm

    As a professional gardener I am seeing more people every year realizing that they can set their garden up to get the maximum impact out of every season. Winter gardens along with certain features can look truly stunning when done right. A little homework is all that is needed. I truly feel for those who have lost their homes/gardens as a result of the quake. You guys are a very resiliant bunch. Chins up !

  2. Viki Paiva 26 June 2012 / 1:51 am

    Gardening is definitely my own activity due to the fact it genuinely facilitates myself to enjoy and loosen up. I love to grow plants and flowers both in the house as well as outside the house. My own favorite plants are generally tropical decorative plants as well as fresh fruit bearing plants.

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