While the cold seasons may not seem like the ideal time to get your garden in order, it is in fact the best time of year to prepare for the spring growing season. Make some time over the lockdown to get your garden in fine shape by trimming unruly hedges, uprooting weeds and giving your soil a little extra love. Mulching is a great way to inject your soil with all the good nutrients it needs to make it through colder seasons.
In preparation for the even colder months, you may also want to ensure that you have adequate resources to protect your precious plants from frost. Don’t prune your roses at this point, rather leave them to naturally prepare for winter by forming seed pods. You can use a light mesh fabric to cover roses and other delicate plants once the first frosts of winter bite.
Making a trip to the grocery store for fresh vegetables may prove perilous over the next few weeks. If you don’t already have your own vegetable patch growing, why not get busy planting one while under lockdown? Now is the perfect time to sow beetroot, brussel sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips.
Consider planting herbs alongside your veggies as these may deter pests from chewing up your hard-dug work. Sowing seeds in planting trays may also prove more fruitful than scattering them over dusty ground. Once they have been well-rooted, transplant them into a freshly prepared bed of soil. You may not reap cartloads full of fresh vegetables right away, but the rewards should be worth your efforts in the long run.
Before COVID-19 took over all spheres of life, the humble Spekboom was the ‘in thing’ of the moment. This eco-warrior of a plant can absorb up to 10 tons of carbon dioxide per hectare per year – that’s ten times more effective at carbon fixing than tropical rain forests! If you haven’t gotten round to planting this great, green plant in your garden yet, do so now.
Indoor Plants And Urban Gardens
We understand that living in the city often means that garden space is limited or completely non-existent. However, this does not mean that you cannot take up gardening as a hobby or challenge during lockdown. Indoor urban gardening is the ideal solution for complex or apartment dwellers. Get yourself a couple of oxygen pumping plants to help circulate air in your home and bring a sense of peace and calm. Think ferns, cacti, orchids and hanging plants. You might also consider replanting your outdoor herbs into indoor pots to protect them from chilly spells.
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