In my last post, I talked about using landscape design to plan for Spring planting while winter is upon us. But what are some other things we can do in the winter to beat cabin fever and get ready for Spring? Here are 4 things you can do to not only help your garden and soil but also fun for the kids too.
The first thing is mulching. Most people wait until it gets warmer outside before mulching their plants, but actually, mulch can help plants in the winter too. It helps to keep a constant temperature for your soil so that it stays warm and protects delicate roots below ground.
Second is taking a field trip to a greenhouse, nursery or nature center. Some nature centers have indoor areas with beautiful butterflies, exotic birds and plants set in a tropical climate. Visiting a nursery is a good place to gather new ideas for your garden, you can ask questions about which plants would be best for your home climate and possibly even buy a few.
Third is cultivating your soil. As the air gets a little warmer, mix up the soil in your garden with compost. Continue stirring the soil every few days so that the birds can get at the insect larvae hidden beneath the soil that would otherwise be destructive to your garden.
And fourth is to have an indoor garden, even if it’s just a few pots in a sunny window, it all helps to be the winter blues!