We are practically at the shortest day; it is certainly winter, but the garden is alive. It is surprising just how much is growing in the garden and not simply the spring bulbs which are well ahead of themselves. The images above are on the left Achillea and on the right Aster. Both are summertime flowering perennials which I have been cutting down, among the winter season garden tasks. At the base you can see the plant’s brand-new development which will be next years blooming plant.
I am in the midst of the winter season clear up, a job which typically happens over much of the winter season on milder days. As soon as the perennials have been cut down the weeds are much easier to identify and there are plenty to weed out. I also eliminate leaves which build up in the borders. That might seem counter- intuitive, as leaf mulch benefits the borders, however that is the well decomposed down variety not the freshly blown leaves which are slimly and can harbour illness.
December is a quiet time in the garden, there are no pressing tasks. It is nice to go out on the few moderate days and clear up leaves and winter season particles. By weeding over the winter season I try to begin the spring relatively weed free, a battle gave up by late summer.
By which I mean this is where a really big Hosta grew in the summer. Unlike Achillea and Aster, Hostas die back totally in the winter leaving no trace behind. There will be no fresh shoots from the Hosta up until spring next year.
If a plant label states it is a’ Herbaceous Perennial’ you can anticipate it to pass away back completely in the late fall and over winter season, leaving you with bare earth often till quite late in the year.
Winter in the Veg Plot
Winter season in the veg plot is not just about Winter cabbages and Brassicas, although they are good to grow, Winter is also lettuce time. I have had lettuce growing in the veg plot all summer season, autumn and into the winter season. We might frequently eat Tomatoes and Lettuce together, but there are very different plants Tomatoes are really tender and just feasible throughout the summer season.
Two typical lettuces are the Autumn lettuce and Rocket which has actually been taken in, picking off those plants growing outside the cloche. Lettuce will hold up against a degree of frost which indicated throughout November, in spite of frosts, the lettuces outside the cloche were untouched. Expecting more severe winter season weather, some summertime sown lettuces and winter lettuces have actually been planted under the cloche. Lettuce is far more durable than it may appear, and there are plenty of winter season lettuces to select and grow.
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