Gardening in the Winter
Posted December 02, 2020
Winter is a good time to get outside and enjoy those warm days and get sunshine, look over your gardens needs and to do those jobs that didn’t get done in the fall.
Crops to sow:
Early Winter - Broad beans (under cover in zones 7 and lower.
Crops to plant: Rhubarb
Early Winter - Brussels sprouts, carrots, celery, celery root, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, parsnips, rutabagas, spinach, Swiss chard and winter cabbages.
Late Winter - Celery root, kale, leeks, parsnips, sprouting broccoli, burdock root, and winter cabbages.
- Prune fall-fruiting raspberries down to soil level.
- Prune wisterias by cutting back stems pruned in summer to two buds.
- Prune climbing roses and clematis.
- Prune deciduous trees and shrubs.
- Prune established apple and pear trees.
- Feed the birds and supply essential water.
- Mulch garlic with straw, compost or soil conditioner.
- Water winter vegetable crops during dry spells.
- Gather seeds early for the best selection.
- Support tall brassica crops such as Brussels sprouts.
- Knock heavy snowfall off of shrubs, especially evergreens.
- Put up new bird nesting boxes before spring.
- Prune gooseberries and currants.