10 Tasks to Prepare your Garden for Winter
I have just completed my autumn garden tidy up, and look forward to relaxing with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book or two…
Getting ahead in autumn means there is a lot less to do in March and April. However, every year differs, depending on weather conditions.
Here is my checklist that is happily completed:
- Prune roses.
- Give shrubs a haircut.
- Weed and mulch borders with home made compost or bark.
- Sow annuals direct – where they will flower.
- Plant spring bulbs in borders and containers.
- Plant wallflowers, primula, and pansies in borders and containers for winter and spring interest.
- Move tender plants into a sheltered spot.
- Leave a little foliage on some plants, and provide a log pile for mini beasts.
- Put out feeders and water for birds.
- Wash tools and wellingtons.
I sowed two new varieties of poppy directly where they will flower – “Falling in Love” ( described as an ethereal, delicate and lovely mixture), and Flemish Antique ( huge blooms straight from an “Old Masters”canvas.)
Both will bloom between June and October next year.
I often forget all the locations of my spring bulbs, so I usually plant extra in pots to transplant later.
Dwarf narcissus, muscari, snowdrops, scilla, and allium are all awaiting new homes:
If you enjoyed this post, you might like to read some of my other monthly gardening posts.
Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.
She lives in Donegal, Ireland – an area of outstanding natural beauty.
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