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Winter gardening

We have a lot of plants in our house. Plants in every room, even the bathroom. This is because whenever my spider plants grow little shoots, I cut them off and re-pot them. Then these ‘spider babies’, as we (I) affectionately refer to them, have babies, and so on. Just like rabbits, but with spider plants.

They are filling up the house fast. I sent Belle out recently to try and sell the excess spider babies, as one of her favourite things to do is try and sell things she has made, usually biscuits, to the neighbours. The spider babies were a nice new challenge for her and she actually managed to sell most of them. I even asked Bee to take some to university and put them in all her flatmates’ rooms as a welcome gift. She didn’t seem very enthusiastic, even when I suggested she could pretend the university had actually put them there.

It has got to the point where Boyfriend seems to be almost constantly, begrudgingly, watering spider babies. Luckily though as the spider babies are kept indoors they are easy(?!) to maintain, even over winter.

Looking after your outdoor winter garden can feel like a bit of a challenge, especially if, like me, you have an elderly next door neighbour with an always immaculate garden to compete with. Luckily, there are things you can do to make sure your garden survives the winter months.

Lawn care

As always, make sure to keep an eye on the length of the lawn. Just because you can’t see it under 2ft of snow doesn’t mean its not there. Even if you think your lawn is looking a bit worse for wear, don’t feed it with fertiliser as this could speed up growth prematurely and possibly kill it. Make sure to always clean any leaves and debris off the lawn to let it breathe and weed regularly to stop weeds and moss taking over your winter lawn.

Plant care

As the winter months set in, proper plant care is essential. Make sure your outdoor plants have had the necessary pruning to stop them from dying out all together. For a bit of Christmas cheer, treat yourself to a rapidly growing amaryllis for big, colourful flowers all winter. Some plants, such as garlic, are actually best planted in early winter so you can start planting for spring even when it’s frosty.

Do you have any useful tips for helping your garden survive the winter?

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