Taking care of your garden this winter

Don’t let the weather put a dampener on your gardening. July is typically a wet, cold month but in between, there are gloriously sunny winter days, perfect for gardening. Don’t let the weather ruin your garden, follow these easy steps for a successful winter garden.  Here are some tips for taking care of your garden this winter.

Prune and weed

Start off by removing weeds and cleaning your garden, prune dead plants to clear out any viruses and bacteria on these dead plants. Be careful, however, when it comes to pruning your flowers.

The trick is in knowing when to prune what plant. Pruning at the wrong time of the year may have negative results on flowers and fruits. But it won’t harm the plants in the long run.

Another thing that you need to look at is the types of tools you are using, the best tools for a healthy garden are sharp, clean tools.

Use fully composted yard waste

Making your own compost is easy, all you need to do is layer organic materials like kitchen vegetable scraps, shredded paper and a bit of soil. You can use wooden fencing to separate this area from the rest of your garden. This mixture will create a concoction that will turn into humus and voila! You have your compost.

Also, remember that not every material decomposes at the same rate, some take longer than others, thorough composting means you need to leave the compost pile for a bit longer than you would because it will kill off any pathogens in the material.

According to dummies: “The best and most refined of organic matters is compost, which is organic matter and/or manures that have decomposed until they resemble loamy soil. Thoroughly decomposed compost contains lots of humus — the beneficial, soil-improving material your plants need. Whether the original source was grass clippings, sawdust, animal manure, or vegetable scraps from your kitchen, all organic matter eventually becomes compost. Making your own compost is probably the simplest way to ensure high quality compost and save some money. It’s really not as complicated as you may think: The many commercial composting bins and containers on the market make it a mess-free and hassle-free process.”

Look out for your bugs

Some insects act as a transport for viruses, spreading them from one plant to the next. So, if you see a bug which seems like it might be one of these, be sure to take care of it properly.

Apply the correct fertilizer
Applying too much fertilizer can cause the roots to burn and reduce their ability to absorb water and this will result in plants lacking nutrients. Plants starved of nutrients are weak and cannot fight off diseases, so, you need to be careful when fertilising plants.

According to Fine Gardening, in order to get the correct information on nutrient levels in your soil, visit your local garden center and avoid losing your flowers due to lack of information.