WATERING your garden in the middle of winter probably seems unnecessary. Unfortunately, when we are not seeing much rain and are having a few heavy frosts the ground is surprisingly dry. Any moisture we are getting from heavy dew and showers may not be enough to sustain your garden through the winter without supplementary watering. Pots may need a top up a couple of times a week depending on where they are situated, and the garden may only need watering once a week or so. For those of you that like to grow your own potatoes, now is the time to find them at the nursery. You don’t plant them until September/October, but buy them now to ensure you don’t miss out. You just need to store them in the shed until it is time to plant. The cold weather doesn’t always motivate us to get outside. If you are feeling the winter blues and are sick of being stuck inside a bit of fresh air and getting your hands dirty will go a long way to lift your mood. Planting some flowers in pots or a garden bed that you can see from a window will brighten up your winter garden and you can enjoy them from inside where it is warm. If you haven’t gotten around to pruning, now is the time to get it done. Pruning and tidying up your roses and fruit trees it so much easier when you can see the ‘framework’ without the leaves. Completing these tasks now will mean your plants will be ready to burst to life come spring and you can enjoy all your hard work. Stay warm and happy gardening.
TLC: Make sure your plants receive enough water, even during winter.