With winter just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to the seasonal changes the fourth season of the year will reap on our gardens.
If you are fortunate enough to have trees amongst your prized greenery, then the area is probably a fabulous riot of orange, yellows, golds and chocolate browns right now. Go out and enjoy!
Actually, many of us do enjoy our gardens, if a report made public by Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society last year is anything to go by. The research showed that, without a doubt, gardening made people happier. One of the main reasons for this, was that gardeners tended to be ‘here and now’ types, i.e. individuals who loved to watch the changing seasons reflected in their gardens.
So, what should you be looking for in a winter garden around this time of the year?
Picking up for preserves
Well, if you have fruit trees and berries then not only do these introduce colour into your garden, but you will probably find that you can still pick up the odd piece of fruit or a handful of berries. Take them indoors and and transform them into lovely jams and other preserves to enjoy over the winter months or next spring. It’s a great way to spend a winter afternoon and not difficult (just invest in plenty of sugar beforehand!).
Various vegetables up for grabs
Artichokes and leeks are two of the winter-type vegetables that are at their best this time of year. Pick and appreciate immediately. You may have to wait a few weeks for parsnips if you have any as these tend to prefer to make an appearance when there is a light frost around.
Get to grips with the grass
If you haven’t already done so, round about now will be the last time you exert yourself mowing the lawn. So, put that boy back into the shed for another six months or so and try to find exercise in another form (such as extra-long walks or cycling) instead.
Trim back the trees
Now is just the right time of year to start trimming back those wayward branches on your favourite trees. If they’re thick enough and you are fortunate enough to be the proud owner of an environmentally-sustainable wood burning stove – and a log splitter – then you can go to town. When cut, just remember to store the wood away in a clean, dry place with a tarpaulin – or similar – cover to season the logs for use next year. And, if you have already-seasoned wood but feel the nights are just that bit too mild to put the burner on, then you can still get a cosy feel to your room by placing the logs inside the burner without lighting them.
So, how about you? What will you be doing in the garden this winter to reap the benefits of the changing seasons?
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