Preparing you garden for the cold weather

Some people believe that there is nothing to be done in the garden once the cold weather hits but this couldn’t be further than the truth. There’s still a lot to be done and, if you are canny enough to put in the effort now, you’ll save yourself plenty of extra work come spring.

Some people believe that there is nothing to be done in the garden once the cold weather hits but this couldn’t be further than the truth. There’s still a lot to be done and, if you are canny enough to put in the effort now, you’ll save yourself plenty of extra work come spring.

Clean old pots and

seedtrays

Scrub pots with a stiff brush in warm water and household detergent to get rid of encrusted dirt. Once they are dry, soak them in a garden disinfectant. Disinfectants work slowly in cold winter weather so leave them for several days to be sure all spores are killed. Unwashed pots might need to be soaked for several weeks to let disinfectant penetrate the grime. Ensure they are properly dry and stack in a clean, dry space. Ensure you rinse them out before use.

Start planning

Winter is the ideal time to revise your current garden plan and work on ideas for new beds or plantings in the spring. Don’t forget to browse through seed catalogues to get an idea of what you’ll need. You should also ensure that all your gardening tools are properly cleaned, repaired and stored away for use next Spring.

Double digging

Winter is the perfect time to dig over any new beds or borders ready for spring sowing. If your plots aren’t waterlogged and the ground isn’t frozen this is the perfect job to tackle.

Clear up

Clear away any debris, rubbish or other dead wood that has littered your garden.