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How to Care for Your Garden in the Cold

🎶 It's the most wonderful time of the year! 🎶

That is, of course, unless you're a garden owner. It can be quite difficult to keep your beautiful garden luscious and thriving in the dead of winter, which is why we've put together this list of tips to help your garden make it through the holiday season.

First things first, let's tackle the hard truth of the matter. There's no amount of preparation you can do that will keep all of your plants, fruits, and vegetables alive through the winter. It's simply not possible. If you are interested in growing some of these summer varieties in the winter, you'll need to do so with an indoor garden.

Preparation is Key

For the remainder of your outdoor garden, you’ll want to prep it as much as possible for the coming cold. This is what your garden preparation should look like:

  • Clean up any dead or diseased plants! This will prevent any diseases from spreading throughout your garden.

  • Remove weeds that have popped up.

  • Add to your soil. Keeping your soil healthy and full of nutrients shouldn’t just be reserved for the growing season.

  • Plant crops like rye or clover to provide cover for your garden. These plants will prevent the erosion of your soil and increase the organic matter in your garden.

  • Prune your perennials. Your roses, herbs, and some vegetables will benefit from a good clean-up before winter strikes.

  • Add more mulch. A layer of mulch will help to reduce water loss, protect the soil from erosion and prevent weeds from growing. It will also help to regulate the soil temperature, which is critical for the root health of your plants.

Winter Plants to Grow

As for the plants that will survive and might even thrive in your outdoor garden this winter, here are a few to consider:

  • Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collards

  • Hardy vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, English peas, and leeks

  • Root crops such as radishes and turnips

Don't hesitate to reach out to our team for assistance with all of your landscaping, gardening, and pest control needs and questions!