Tips for your garden in Winter
Having a garden and taking care of it brings joy, wellbeing and health benefits, but it also requires a lot of work. In Winter, gardens require some extra care, so take a look at some tips that can help you during this cold and rainy season.
This is really important during this season, as winter weeds become more frequent. Making sure that you remove them carefully (including their roots) before they mature, is essential.
In order to reduce the risk of fungal diseases and rots, it's good to water the plants in the morning during winter, and check that the soil is nearly dry before watering. This is recommended, in order to give the soil and the plants a chance to dry before night, as the soil can stay damp and cold for weeks.
Vegetables & Leaves
Root vegetables (such as carrots, beetroot and potatoes), as well as leafy greens (such as Swiss chard or silverbeet, cabbage, kale and Asian greens), are excellent choices for your garden in Winter. The reason is because they tolerate shorter daylight hours and cooler weather. Their maintenance is also a bonus, requiring as little watering as once a week, if the soil is dry.
Add some colour
Don’t let the rainy days and gray skies ruin your mood in Winter. A good solution is to plant flowers that are suitable for this season. Some winter flowering plants that grow well in “Mediterranean" parts of Australia, as Perth, are: Myosotis (forget-me-not), Lobelia, Marigold, Pansy and Petunia.