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Tips for Gardening in the Winter

Unlike animals that eat less and hibernate, plants will grow continuously throughout the year even when they no longer have leaves. Therefore, in each season there is a specific way of taking care of plants without accidentally burning them with frost.

When the weather drops below five degrees Celsius, your plants could easily die from the cold. To avoid this, especially at night when there is no sun, cover the garden with an antifreeze cloth. With this cloth, they are not completely blocked by the air but also contain some heat.

Make sure your garden gets water at least every two days. The water may seem cold but in winter when it’s hot outside and the pipes have been exposed to midday sunlight you can easily water the plants without worrying about the high temperatures that make the roots boil. The opposite is true for the summer and you should avoid watering at noon.

It is important that the bushes are pruned for the winter. When spring arrives the branches will be stronger and less likely to die before next winter. The same goes for plants that have dead flowers. Now that the flowering season is over, cutting the ends will allow the flowers to get stronger. Cover the soil surrounding your plants with compost. This will allow plants to receive all the nutrients they need and keep moisture closer to the roots.

In winter, there is less sunlight during the day and plants don’t get enough sunlight to grow properly. If you remove the shade or move the plants found in pots on the patio tiles to a sunlit area, this will maximize their growth process.

Make sure to remove any plants that are starting to die or have had problems with insects. If the insects have nested in those plants before, they will nest in them again. Closer to the winter season, insects will hibernate and the best place to nest is inside plants that can barely stand upright. When spring comes, you will have an infestation of insects that devour all other plants.

Everything that lives needs the same care as a human being and even if it seems that everything goes to sleep in winter, this does not mean that it will survive. Always make sure to take care of your garden because if you don’t do it the cold won’t be kind.

by A Carey

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