Gardening in January - preparation is everything

Your house and garden should also be well maintained during the winter season. Not only will this result in a blooming garden in the coming spring, it will also allow gardening enthusiasts to spend time outside in the fresh air. A true rejuvenation for mind, body and soul. The following tips provide suggestions for preparing your garden optimally for the coming season.

Gardening in January - preparation is everything
Walkabouts

Walk through your garden at regular intervals, even in winter, paying close attention to detail. You will quickly notice any tasks not completed in the fall. You should, for example, check your spruces for aphids, as these are also active during winter. If your garden is free of snow, gentle raking will prevent lawn mould.

Planning exercises

A beautiful garden needs good planning. As most plants have been cut back and are dormant in winter, this is the perfect time to plan your gardening for the coming spring and summer. After establishing an overview of what you want, ask yourself: What type of shrubs, vegetables or flowers still need to be planted or sown? How long do they take to grow? How much space will they need? This might also be a good time to buy seeds. Always keep in mind during winter planning and maintenance that each type of garden must be cared for in a certain way.

Gardening tips: Kitchen gardens

In the case of kitchen gardens, you need to water evergreen plants regularly, even in humid winters. This might seem paradox, but coldness and winter sun can dry out the soil despite rainfalls. Furthermore, fruit tree stems should be whitewashed to protect them. Another winter task is cutting down trees.

Gardening tips: Decorative gardens

Normally, we can expect snow in January. This can be quite demanding on certain plant species, which might break under the snow load. For this reason, it is necessary to remove snow from sensitive branches and twigs of evergreen shrubs. This should be done with utmost caution. Gently shake the plants or carefully use a broom for this purpose.

Gardening tips: Balconies and indoor gardens

Indoor and balcony plants must also be cared for in a special way if they are to survive the winter season. In the case of geraniums and fuchsias, for example, all dead and withered leaves need to be removed. This prevents rot.

Another winter task for balconies and indoor gardens is to mist ferns regularly with warm water. Ferns do not like to be watered like other plants, they prefer a humid environment instead. They take up moisture from the surrounding air if the flowerpot is set on a tray of pebbles or clay granules filled with water. But always ensure that the bottom of the flowerpot is not immersed in water, as this would be counterproductive.

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