One of the lovely things about winter, apart from the chance to enjoy cosy wood fires, comforting casseroles, stews and soups (maybe accompanied by a glass of robust red!) is the fact that everything in the garden slows down. The grass stops shooting up at such an alarming rate, weeds take a little bit of a break from their relentless attempts to take over the joint, and shrubs and hedges behave in a much more sedate manner.
This slowing of growth means less work trying to stay on top of things and gives us a chance to look at the bones of the garden, regroup, review and revise what works and what doesn’t. It provides an opportunity to perhaps change the design of the garden, and maybe even put in place some structures that will help protect your plants from sun, pest and insect damage come spring and summer.
The cooler weather, a welcome respite from the heat and humidity of summer, also makes it easier to get out there and do a few solid hours of digging, planting, mulching, trimming and pruning, without being chased inside by the hot sun and pesky flies, giving both you and your garden the perfect workout.
Winter is also a great time to get out there, get involved and learn something new – so why not sign up for one of our regular workshops? The calendar currently includes the second half of a workshop on Pests & Diseases, on June 15, and a workshop on Pruning & Care of Fruit Trees, lined up for June 23. More news will follow re workshops for July, August and beyond, so check back regularly on the website for updates.
Vegies to plant this month include: broad beans, cabbage, lettuce, onion, globe artichoke, peas (climbing and dwarf), radish and shallots.
So get busy, get planting, get inspired – and stay warm!
From the patch