Before we get into the how’s and what’s of winter gardening, let’s consider the why’s. For one thing, it’s easier compared to summer gardening. But the big reason to do some winter gardening is to have fresh veggies to enjoy – during the winter or come spring.
Plant Hardy Vegetables
According to 10 Vegetables More Cold-Hardy than Kale, there are 20 types of veggies that do well in winter gardens. If we’re talking about property in Denver, the cold-climate vegetables listed would be good for your winter garden. If you want to have a winter garden for your Tampa home, your list might be different. Be sure to do some research into which veggies would be ideal for your area.
Compost and Mulch
Even when it’s frigid outside, your compost can live if its warm core is maintained. You’ll need materials rich in carbon and nitrogen. This article will give you more in-depth information on keeping compost alive in the winter. Depending on your climate, you might need to weed your garden and apply straw or fleece mulches to any overwintering plants.
Protect Your Garden from Frost
To protect your plants from frost cover them loosely with a cloth fabric; plastic keeps moisture in and can cause freezing. Hang the cover and don’t let it touch the plants. For small plants use trimmed-down plastic soda bottles and glass jars. For potted plants, group them together and wrap burlap or bubble wrap around the pots to hold warmth in and protect roots. For more ideas, check out 11 Ways to Protect Plants from Frost Damage at DIYNatural.com.
Bring Your Garden Inside
Ornamental plants like ferns and flowering plants can be brought inside, which may be essential to their survival if temperatures go below 60 degrees regularly. You’ll want to inspect them for insects first and take care of any problems. Also, prune when it’s appropriate for the plant. Once they’re inside, give the plants adequate light; use a full-spectrum light if need be. They’ll need less water indoors so be careful of over-watering. If you’d like to plant an indoor vegetable garden see this helpful article.