Winter Gardening 2020
Well, it’s been a different kind of year so far – with many of us spending much more time at home, and looking for different ways to keep ourselves and our families entertained.
We have seen so many new gardeners having a go, as well as many long time gardeners using this time to freshen up gardens, and work on existing projects.
If you are new to gardening then Winter might feel like an odd time to be out there, but there are still plenty of jobs to be done around the yard.
Raking leaves to put in the compost, or in the organics bin, is important to allow essential sunlight onto any plants that might be covered up by fallen leaves during these short days.
Pruning deciduous trees and shrubs is another job that is good to do during winter as the plants are dormant – just shape them to suit your garden. It’s also time for pruning roses and fruit trees – if you are unsure about how to do this, pop into your local nursery for some tips and advice. Once these are pruned it is wise to spray with a copper spray to help fend off fungal diseases, Lime sulphur has the added benefit of controlling mites and some scales as well.
Time to plant!
Now is a great time to plant the following in your vegetable gardens:
- Onions, lettuce, asian greens, snow peas, spring onions, rhubarb, asparagus, and globe artichokes.
- Add some flower seedlings to attract pollinators and add colour – Primulas, polyanthus, pansies and violas, ranunculus and snap dragons are all great additions to the garden – as well as pots.
- Other plants for winter interest are Correas and Grevilleas – great for honeyeaters and bees, Philotheca and Eriostemon Wax Flowers – native bees love them! Also Sasanqua camellias flower through the winter with a lovely soft fragrance, as do Gardenias and Daphnes.
- Winter is also the perfect time to be planting native tube stock for any farm or revegetation projects – planting now allows roots to settle so that they are ready to take off when the soil warms up in spring.
Of all the things you can be doing in the garden at the moment – possibly one of the most underrated is just sitting and enjoying – frost crusted leaves and flowers, dew or rain on spider webs, bees foraging in flowers.. so many little wonders right in our own back yards.