The expression winter blues is normally associated with this season, as it is generally considered cold, and miserable and a season to hunker down and wait for it to pass. But when you keep the garden clearly in focus you can change the colour of the season and fill it with winter greens – ones you can eat!
What we tend to forget that the weather isn’t miserable for the whole season. We get enough of those incredibly wonderful blue-sky days that often follow a sharp frosty starts and then there are the days that aren’t all that miserable if you wrap up warm. So, there are plenty of opportunities for a bit of garden pottering about.
In my garden, I am trying to get as spring ready as I can before we get anywhere near spring, so the worms can do the digging, so I don’t have to! A lot of the beds are tucked up with cover crops, which not only protect the soil from the harsh winter conditions but will also return plenty of organic materials to the garden beds to improve the soil structure and feed the micro-communities that work hard to convert it all to plant food.
Other tasks on my winter garden list is to plant my onions and cut down the spent asparagus fronds and refresh the soil. I have a few large projects to tackle while we’re in the quiet season. I just hope I haven’t taken on too much!
Sarah the Gardener : o)