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Winter Wondercrops

Even the greenest of thumbs struggle to keep their gardens thriving in the colder months. Too much love can leave plants waterlogged and wilted. Neglecting them can also lead to their untimely demise — it’s a fine balance!

Here are five simple tips to keep your garden looking vibrant and healthy in winter:

  1. Water in moderation — Your plants won’t need as much water during their winter dormancy as they do in the spring and summer, but watering them early in the day a few times a month is a must.
  2. Food in moderation — Plants grow slower in winter, so less fertiliser is needed. A fertiliser with a high amount of potassium is good for the colder months, providing extra strength and vitality.
  3. Aerate the soil — Aerating is important, especially if you have drainage problems. Push vertical holes into the soil with a garden fork, allowing air to get into the spaces and help drain away excess water.
  4. Prune and tidy — Winter is the perfect time to trim back overgrown plants and trees, and eliminate weeds from the garden. Weeds are the first things to germinate when it starts to get warm again.
  5. Plant hardy winter vegetables and plants — Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beetroot, peas and spinach are just a few cold-tolerant veggies that thrive at this time of year. In terms of plants, lavender, geraniums, violets, pink jasmine and primrose also fare well in frosty temperatures.
Do you have any handy gardening tips for surviving the winter chill? Let us know by emailing community@nrjv.com.au.