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Gardening in February - Readying For Spring


Many amateur gardeners see the winter as a time to take break from their garden, away from the cold and wet weather condition that freezes our hands and damages our plants. What is the point in spending our time and efforts in the garden if Jack Frost is going to take it all away in one harsh, cold night?


In truth, gardening in winter is essential if you want to keep your garden healthy throughout the year. Safeguarding plants from the frost, harvesting winter season fruit and vegetables and pruning dormant trees are all necessary jobs to make the shift to spring and summertime all that more easy.


As performing important maintenance, winter is the best time to take an appearance at your garden landscape and plan any modifications for the upcoming year. Perhaps your land is looking a bit barren, possibly some more evergreens would benefit for the following year?


If you've been gardening for a couple of years, answering these concerns come as second nature, making yearly gardening virtually instinctual. For those simply beginning to try their hands manipulating nature, here are some suggestions to help you prepare your garden for the following year.


Wysteria and fruit trees such as apples and pears should be trimmed now while they're still dormant, as leaving them too late will lead to sap bleeding and can impede growth.


Sturdy evergreen hedges can be pruned now to motivate spring development, whilst conservatory climbers can be trimmed to prevent birds from nesting. Roses and any plants revealing sign of damage from frost should also be cut back to encourage brand-new healthy shoots.


Digging over the soil with manure, fertiliser or garden compost is a great way of preparing the ground for spring planters, and will likewise show up any weeds and pests which can harm your new plants. When the soil has actually been dug over, mulch gently to keep in nutrients and wetness until the weather has actually warmed up for planting.


As soon as the ground reaches 6 degrees C, you can encourage spring seedlings by warming the ground with cloche and planting, although see to it you secure them from cold nights with frost fleece.


If you're concerned plants will not make it this early, begin them indoors and slowly bring them outside for one day, then 2 days, and so on - this allows them to obtain used to the sun and rain whilst still growing strong from the warmer indoor weathers.


For more suggestions, see to it you have a look at the Hartley-Botanic blog site as they supply monthly gardening guides which highlights what to do in the garden monthly.