Winter is here to stay and is making great performance of brisk winds and threatening snow storms.
As an avid gardener, you know your work is never done – no matter the season.
The green thumb knows there are a variety of ways to keep busy during the winter.
From planting crops that can handle the winter temperatures to growing plants indoors, winter gardening can be accomplished.
The benefits of winter gardening are vast.
As hibernation season, we stay in more and exercise less, so gardening is a way to get outside and be active.
Another benefit is avoiding the price hike in fruits and vegetables by growing your own. Of course, the benefits of produce itself will ward off illnesses that may attack during the vulnerable Flu season.
Here’s a really cool video I found on how to build a raised vegetable garden:
Now to select your plants!
A bit or research will go into this process as your plant selection depends on your region, location of growth (indoors, outdoors, solar garden) and personality. However, if you are providing a heated environment, you are may choose almost any plant to grow.
Produce – for those who enjoy fewer pests.
- … and more
Flowers – for those who enjoy a beautiful, colorful view.
- Snap Dragon
- Iceland Poppy
- and Cyclamen
Trees – for the ambitious green thumbs.
- Japanese Maple
Other – for those who dare to be different.
- Ornamental Grass
- Winter Berries (such as Nandina, Evergreen Hollies and Beautyberry)
- Witch Hazel
During this cold and darker season, don’t forget to get the kids involved. It can be fun to help plant and watch the crop grow.
They can take snap-shots of the growth process and create a presentation or they can simply give it as a home-warming gift to a family friend. There are many options that are fun and educational.
This post was written by Philippe Allaire, a guest author with over 15 years experience in the home improvement field, from landscaping to kitchens renovations, together we are sure to accomplish any project around the house you may have.