It’s Winter: What Can You Do In Your Garden?
With the arrival of colder weather you could be forgiven for thinking that you can leave your garden to its own devices for the next few months. In fact, that’s what 52 per cent of Brits do at this time of year, Property Reporter recently revealed, citing a survey by Tiger Sheds.
But there are actually a range of jobs you can do in your garden at this time of year, including some planting.
That’s according to Alys Fowler, who wrote for the Guardian that now is a great time to plant some winter bedding plants – violas were named as a particular favourite of hers. Now is also the time to sow garlic and broad beans if you have a vegetable patch.
She noted that this is the last opportunity you’ve got to get these plants in the ground before winter hits, and recommends using netting and fleece to help them survive the frost, as well as to prevent squirrels and mice from digging them up and eating them.
There are some things that you can – and should – leave well alone at this time of year though. Among them is tough stems. Although they might not look pretty, they provide an important haven for insects, so it’s vital that you don’t cut these back just as the cold weather hits.
Tiger Sheds also suggested that now is when you should check your sheds, fences and other garden structures to make sure they’re ready for what the winter will throw at them. Take advantage of dry days to apply a fresh coat of paint and prevent rot setting into wooden structures for instance.
If you do find that your fencing is a little worse for wear after the winter though, you can always get help with fencing in Somerset once the spring rolls around.