Tips for garden planning: what to work out in January. The coldest months of the year can leave your garden looking dull and lifeless. This doesn’t just mean that you need to do anything to your garden in January. It also means that you need to think about the plants and shrubs you have in store for the winter and plan what you are going to plant, how much room you have available, and wherein your garden it’s likely to thrive. Here are some tips for winter gardening that can make things a little easier:
Planting – decide which plants you are going to plant, and work out how much room they will need in your garden, and their mature size. You should also consider things like sunlight hours, soil type, and whether you are growing annuals or perennials. Annuals need a lot more sun than perennials and should be planted higher up in your garden. Do some research about the health of the different varieties and the recommended planting times, as this will make things easier for you once you start to plant. Once you know what you’re planting, work out how much water they will need, and work out what season they should be planted, as this will impact their growth rate.
Plan your Garden – in December you should plan where you are going to plant, and what you will be growing in your garden in the coming year. Think about the shape and structure of your garden, and work out the best place for everything. If you have hardy shrubs, try to plant them near the back of the garden so that they don’t crowd it, and once the colder months start, plant things closer to the front so that you don’t have to worry about grass eating them. Make sure you clean your garden regularly and check for any weeds before you start the winter planting.
What to Plant – after doing your research about the type of plants you will need in your garden, it is time to get started on your garden planting plan. Firstly, choose what you want to grow, then think about the climate where you live, and try to match the needs of each variety with the climate. For example, if you live in a place where it gets a lot of rainfall, the grass might be a good idea. On the other hand, if you are in an area where it gets quite cold, then you will probably want to plant something hardier like ferns.
Work out the Landscape – now it is time to work out the landscape of your garden. Think about the plants and trees that you have planted, and work out how much space you have available. If you are very ambitious, you could even plant a tree in your garden. Also consider any borders you have, walkways, roads, etc., and how they will be incorporated into your planting design.
Planting Season – now it is time to place all your planting plans into action. There are many different methods you can use to do this, from seeds to seeds spreaders, to hoeing and watering. Take the time over the summer to work everything out, so that your garden is ready to plant in the autumn.
Set Up Your Garden – now comes the most important part of all: laying out your garden. This involves marking out strategic positions for planting, as well as working out a layout for the whole of your garden. It’s a good idea to draw out your layout on graph paper first and then to make a copy of it. Draw up a rough draft, and break it up into smaller parts. Remember to leave space for access to the various areas – a couple of smaller children’s playpens could be a good idea for the nursery.
Implement – now it’s time to actually implement your plan. Set aside sometime during the colder winter months to prepare your garden. You’ll want to lay out the tools and materials, and check up on how much work needs to be done. If you find that too many things need to be done, cut back the time you are planning on devoting to this task, or take on another project during this slow period.