Winter in the Garden:
Now its winter, what can you do in the garden?
Your frost tender plants will need protection. Vegetables can be covered in a cloche, while tender ornamentals can have frost cloth put over them. Ideally build a greenhouse! I have just built mine.
You can use old leaves make an excellent material for your compost bin or as a mulch.
Prune hydrangeas now- cut back stems that have flowered last season to the next node with two buds.
Apples can be pruned in June. Remember, they need little pruning, especially dwarf apples, other than shaping the tree.
Berryfruit can also be pruned – remove old canes and shoots of raspberries and boysenberries, and tie new shoots to your wires. Cut out old shoots of gooseberries and blackcurrants.
Apple – dwarf eg Topaz
You can plant garlic and shallot now – they can be planted on the shortest day and harvested on the longest day.
Brassicas eg broccoli, strawberries and silver beet can also be planted now.
Watch out for slugs and snails – use a product like Quash, which is safe around pets.
At this time of year, lawns can get mossy. You can use iron sulphate to control moss, or simply rake the lawn vigorously and remove the debris. If your lawn is poorly drained, you should think about putting in drains, or if it’s too shady create more light. If you can get untreated sawdust and spread it over muddy spots, it can help to absorb water and reduce the likelihood of mud.
Paths, decks & paved areas:
Hard surfaces such as timber decks and paving can also go mossy in winter. To control this, you can apply bleach eg Chlorodux, or a product such as Wet & Forget. Apply it with a watering can or sprayer.
If you use a water blaster on these surfaces it can roughen the surfaces, and make it easier for moss and moulds to grow.
Happy winter gardening!