The seasons of bountiful harvests may be over, but when winter starts to bite, there is still much to do in the garden.
Growth slows down as the temperature drops, but these frosty weeks are the perfect time to prepare for spring bloomers and hardy early vegetables.
However, getting things right can be a difficult time during the wet and darker months.
Fortunately, experts from Garden Express pointed to common winter gardening mistakes that could ruin next year’s flowering and harvest.
Chris Bonnett said, “The way we look after our garden all winter is really important for next spring when our gardens are ready to be outside again.”
“It’s really easy to make some mistakes during this time without even realizing it!”
Common mistakes in winter gardening
If you are looking for a colorful and fertile spring, summer, and fall for the next year, avoid these mistakes:
- Do not add mulch
- Do not move plants
- Forgot to cover crops
Bonnett said, “By highlighting these flaws, we hope it helps people across the country make sure their gardens are in perfect shape for spring!”
Fertilize and water
“One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that fertilizer and a regular watering cycle help,” says Bennett.
That can actually do more harm than good. In winter your outdoor plants should rest and fertilizing during a period of low growth can cause the plant to die.
Overwatering can also lead to plant death as waterlogging will drown your beloved plants or develop root rot.
Your more delicate garden plants will benefit from a good mulch over their exposed roots. This provides extra warmth and can suppress winter weeds, so can be useful in a border.
Mulch can be made from any dead or rotting organic material such as clippings, bark, or even fallen autumn leaves. Leaf mulch is perfect for laying on exposed soils and, when decomposed, turns into nitrogen-rich fodder.
Plants that are still growing in winter should be moved either to a greenhouse or to a more sheltered area of your garden if possible.
These plants are unlikely to hibernate well when exposed to the harsh elements. Plants that lose their leaves should be fine in a shed when they are dormant.
If the plants are left outside, cover them with one Protective fleece is a brilliant way to keep them safe from harm. In combination with a mulch, fleece can be very effective and protect against wind chill, too low soil temperature, snow and hail.