Winter Gardening Tips
Winter gardening is a thing.
For those providing for your own, and looking to grow some vegetables, don’t let the cooler weather put you off! There’s quite a list that are ripe for the planting! So to speak…
Some vegetables that thrive in a cooler climate include:
- Broad beans
- Chinese broccoli and cabbage
- English spinach
While plant growth slows in winter, it doesn’t mean you have to! A little bit of work now will pay great dividends in the spring. And if you feel it is a little too cold to garden outside in the vegetable patch, trying growing some vegetables and herbs in pots! There’s always a way…
Make sure that you protect winter vegetable crops like cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli from aphids with some Defender Pyrethrum Insect Spray Even though the soil is cold, Winter is the season to plant bare-rooted trees and shrubs, including fruit trees, while they are dormant. Garden centres will be full of stock from late June right through to early Spring.
“Fortunately, in our climate, winter doesn’t have to be bereft of colour. You can choose plenty of suitable varieties for planting now. Polyanthus, for example, are some of the prettiest winter-flowering plants. They bloom in a wide range of colours – blues, pinks, yellows, cream and white – often with a contrasting central eye. They’ll grow in light shade or full sun and, if the following summer doesn’t get too hot, they’ll produce an encore performance next year.” Quote from https://www.yates.com.au/winter/
WINTER LAWN CARE:
Mowing is usually not necessary in Winter unless the weather is mild and the grass is still growing. In this case, use a high cut setting and just mow occasionally. Never mow wet or frosty grass, as this can damage the turf and compact the soil.
Winter is the perfect time to aerate your lawn, though. It stops soil compaction, allows nutrients to get down into the roots and of course, it allows that all-important winter moisture to get right down into the ground. Simply take an ordinary garden fork, push it into the ground and wobble it backwards and forwards at about 15-centimetre intervals until the whole lawn is finished.
So, don’t let the cold slow down your winter gardening efforts too much!