Im talking about winter gardening. I have decided through and through that I am just not a winter gardener.
Ok, so there are jobs that just can't be ignored like the raking of the leaves and tidying up here and there. The clearing of weeds- Yes they still grow. Ugh!! But on the whole I really dont do much at all.
This year, I havent even planted a winter vegetable crop. We are moving house very soon so that was mostly part of the reason. A valid one if I do say so myself.
I actually wonder knowing myself though, whether I still would have planted my broad beans and brassicas this year even if we were out at the farm?
Do you have a list of jobs to do in the garden for winter?
I can't say that Ive ever worked off a list per say. Im more of a follower of guides that I read in my favourite gardening magazines. Im more of a walk around and inspect kind of gardener in winter whereby I glance and inspect the garden beds, check the pots and note what needs to be done and the urgency of when it should be done.
Not much is urgent in my books in the depths of winter!
Some of the pruning tasks can definitely wait, for its too cold and wet out there. Yes, the leaves on the ground look messy but like my washing piled up inside waiting to be folded, it too can wait. Ill wait for a nicer day to pull out the weeds and rake the leaves. If a nicer day comes soon enough that is.
I know I should be applying fertiliser to the new bulbs that are sprouting right now, but its just not going to happen while its freezing and wet outside. I just wont do it and they will flower regardless. Maybe not as well, but they will still flower.
Its not all doom and gloom here though. I did put my gardener hat on the other day and happily pruned the espaliered apples and pears. I borrowed a few books from the library about pruning so that I did it correctly because I am dedicated to my fruit trees. It turns out I'm actually suppose to be pruning them in Summer as they grow. Whoops!! Things you learn as you go along which I must say is all part of the gardening fun. Which is mostly not in winter!
I shall rename my efforts then to being more of a thinning out process. Its a job completed none the less in this winter gardening list of things to do.
Do I dare even mention the acres and acres of grapes down in the paddock that need to be pruned as well?
So yes, there are still jobs that I do out there but its not with the purpose and vigour that I apply to my warmer weather gardening self.
I find this time of the year to be more of a good opportunity to reassess and plan ahead for the coming Spring and to think about what I might want to achieve over the coming Summer and Autumn.
At the moment I am looking forward to planting some more deciduous trees in the house yard at the farm for more beautiful Autumn colour and to establish some sort of flower beds for some Roses and other beautiful blooms. The lists are endless but it sure is great to sit back in front of the fire, reading about it all, researching and planning away.
Sometimes the dreaming part is all the gardening in winter that I need to do.
What is your gardening repertoire over the winter?
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