5 Ways to Improve Your Winter Garden

The winter season is finally here and Christmas is fast approaching. With all of this cold weather, you need to know how to properly take care of your winter garden.

Firstly, we need to address which plants grow in the winter. There are vegetables, like kale and Brussels sprouts, which can sustain the frosty temperatures of the season. Actually, they become even sweeter after the frost comes. The struggle is that the plants and veggies don’t have as much access to sunlight; therefore, their growth is slightly stunted. You can also grow turnips, arugula, and more!

1. Cover Crops
A cover crop is sown in order to increase soil fertility, lessen soil erosion, and to promote both biodiversity and wildlife. Like the name suggests, you literally cover your crop. You can, for example, plant peas or oats and when they die off in fall and winter, the remainder of the plants provide cover above ground. Not only this, but the root structure keeps the soil strong and in place. Using a cover crop is intelligent because, without one, your soil is left vulnerable to external forces.

2. Use small pots
Instead of using your garden bed, you can always try growing your plants in small pots, especially if your garden is currently full of your fall and summer plants. In a small pot, you’re able to keep it protected better and you have more control over it.

3. Prepare Raised Beds
Raised garden beds are used to grow veggies and flowers. They’re not only beneficial for your plants, but they also reduce the strain on your back when you bend over to tend to your garden. You can even sit on the edge of the boxes when you weed! Because the garden is raised above ground, your soil is less likely to be washed away by snow or rain.

4. Use Cold Frames
A cold frame allows you to garden over the winter. It’s made of boards and a removable cover, often of glass, that utilizes solar energy in order to grow your plants and crops. You should consider installing this in your garden because your plants won’t grow if they don’t receive enough sunlight and this uses solar energy to help them grow. It also protects your garden from external forces, like cold and snow.

5. Use Frost Cloths
This is perhaps the best way to protect your plants from the cold. The fabric prevents frosty temperatures from reaching your leaves. It can even be laid on your plants for an extended amount of time and your crops won’t be harmed! Make sure to keep your soil moist, though, because your plants will suffer from more damage and erosion when they’re affected by frost.

With the winter season comes the first snowfall, and then the second, and so on. It’s important that you keep your crops protected from external forces like cold, frost, and snow. Above, you have five ways to improve your winter garden.