Gardening can be a highly enjoyable pastime. Despite the need to plan and design a garden layout, this activity has been known to reduce levels of stress and increase feelings of comfort. Unfortunately, it is thought that gardening in winter is impossible and all your efforts must come to a halt when the summer season ends. This is not true at all. In fact, many winter gardens can be extremely beautiful if planned and planted correctly. This article will provide some of the top November gardening tips in the Northern Hemisphere (winter for the people up North).
Growing Different Types Of Plants
The primary reason many people find gardening in winter difficult is that the liquid in the plant cells freeze during subzero weather. This happens when the plant is placed in the ground and any damage is often beyond repair ultimately resulting in the plant cell dying. Of course, there are cases where the cell does not die, however, the freezing of the cell will significantly stunt the plant’s growth and it will not bloom. To avoid this problem, it is recommended that you opt to grow more appropriate plants during the winter months. The most popular and effective, plants for this purpose include fruits and vegetables.
Vegetables, such as cauliflowers, present with a high salt content making them highly resistant to colder temperatures. Of course, it is should be mentioned that in the case of cauliflowers the leaves should be tied together to prevent frost from settling on the item. Bananas, as a fruit, can be useful as a plant for avoiding frost as they are placed on a gentle slope to improve longevity. You may be asking yourself, how do vegetables and fruits provide an attractive flowering winter garden? The answer is that these items require flowers to bloom before the plant is ready for picking.
Building Mounds Around Plants
A second problem facing winter garden plants is the freezing of the ground during the evening constricting the plant, followed by an expansion of the grown when sunshine bears down on the soil and heats it up. One may consider heating of the soil to be a good thing; however, the change between cooling and heating can result in the uprooting of the winter plants. To avoid this problem (known as heaving), it is recommended that you create small mounds around the plants after the item has been placed. This may not remove the heaving but it will minimize the effect.
Using Pots For Protection
One method that can be used to protect the garden plants from the cold temperatures overnight is placing old pots over the plant. It is also possible to plant the item in a pot itself and place it in a protected area, however, if you are looking to create a garden patch the “pot over plant” would be the better alternative. It is important to remove the pot during the day to avoid any overheating to the winter garden plant.
These are few November gardening tips that can help you to grow a crop that will continue to grow all winter long. Although quite challenging, the rewards are well worth the effort.