Winter Gardening Tips with Papillon Garden Design and Landscaping

Winter Gardening Tips with Papillon Garden Design and Landscaping

We’ve teamed up with Papillon Garden Design and Landscaping to bring you some tips on making the most of your garden throughout winter. So if you still want to get green fingered but you’re unsure how during the colder months, read the tips below.

As winter sets in, many gardeners feel they have to say goodbye to their flowerbeds and vegetable patches as the weather starts to cool. But it doesn’t have to be like this – you can prolong your season by growing winter vegetables.  Not only will it keep you busy during those short winter days, but it will also provide you with produce for wholesome dishes, for you to enjoy through the winter months.

There’s lots of choice with winter vegetables, but what you can grow will depend on your resources. 

Growing vegetables outside in the ground

If you’re thinking of growing outside in the North-east of Scotland you will need to plant hardy winter vegetables that will withstand the cold such as:   

Broad beans;
Garlic;
Onion setts;
Perpetual spinach.

Although these plants will fight the cold, frost can be damaging, so it’s important to protect against it.  Cloches act as a great defence; not only will they keep frost out, but they will let light in and protect against hail and wind too.  

If you don’t have a cloche, a cover or fleece can be used overnight instead, although this is likely to lead to more work, so a cloche might be a good investment. 

Window boxes
If your garden isn’t ready for growing vegetables yet, you can use window boxes to sow seeds for next season.  Consider sowing Spinach, Green Onions and Herbs. 

Use the winter downtime to plan ahead

Winter is a great time to think about what you want from your garden and how you can better use your space to achieve this. Environmental factors come into play and can limit choice, especially when it comes to growing not just veg, but plants too.  Seeking professional advice on this could help save time and money in the long run. 

Gardens are there to be appreciated, so make the most of yours and enjoy it!

Papillon is a garden design and landscaping company based in Aberdeen.  For more information on garden design, visit Papillon’s website:  www.papillonlandscape.co.uk

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