Keeping Your Plants Alive During Winter
I'm sure many of you have been left feeling disheartened - you've spent all year devoting time and energy into your garden for Winter to come along and undo all your hard work.
However, there are a few hints and tips you can use to help keep your garden and plants alive during the cold weather.
If you are planning to keep your potted plants outside during Winter, it is best to make sure that they are in plastic pots and these are planted into the ground. Unfortunately, clay or stone-like material will not last when the temperatures fall below freezing.
It is beneficial to plant the pot directly into the soil, as it will help protect the most important part of the plant - the roots. However, don't forget to water the plant directly and to dig it out when the weather is warmer.
Beneficially, mulch acts as an insulator, it will hold heat and moisture for your plants. It is easier to use mulch made of wheat or pine straws, as it is easy to remove after Winter and works well at keeping in the heat. It's an easy and affordable way to keep larger plants safe!
However don't forget some plants, like Roses and Strawberries, if you leave them covered for too long, they will not cool down in time for Spring.
Of course, we all want to have healthy and attractive plants. But, it may be worth planting them in the early Winter so that by the end of the Winter, beginning of Spring they will flower.
We all strive for our gardens to look great during Spring, so use Winter to start working towards your perfect garden!