Why did we exclude February from our winter gardening calendar? Because we have already described the recommendatory, the most detailed work plan for this month of the year in the article devoted to the spring troubles on the site.
February is really the eve of spring, the time to prepare for the active summer season and planting. But December and January are considered by the owners of gardens and vegetable gardens as a period of legal rest. When else to relax, if not during frosts, New Years and snowfalls. But you cannot completely forget about your site, so we want to remind you what can and should be done in the garden, flower garden and vegetable garden in winter.
- We really hope that before the frost, you prepared the roses for winter and covered grape varieties that are not adapted to extreme cold at the end of autumn. Many other ornamental shrubs, perennials that are afraid of severe frosts are also sheltered for the winter. In December, when the first frosts have already hit, most likely it snowed, you need to go check how the plants are safely hidden, whether the wind has ripped off the covering material.
- The first snowfall is a good reason to go into the garden and scoop up the fallen snow closer and higher to the trunks of young trees, pour it on the covered heat-loving plants. Snow will be a good additional protection for plants. You can simply throw snow off the paths on the flower beds – you still have to clean them – let it not go to waste! What’s nice – you won’t have to remove such insulation in the spring – it will melt by itself.
- Take care of the birds in winter, hang at least the simplest feeder in the garden. Birds are your friends and helpers in the fight against insect pests, so helping them get through the winter months is a noble pursuit..
- Be sure to check how the rhizomes and bulbs of such plants as gladioli, dahlias, begonias, and tulips, which you dug out in time, hibernate. Most often, corms of thermophilic plants, dug out before a cold snap, are stored in an ordinary box or box, in a pantry or in a fairly warm basement.
- In December, it’s time to sort out the stored potatoes, which begin to sprout in a sufficiently warm basement by this time. The sprouts must be harvested in a timely manner so that the root crop continues to be stored and does not lose its elasticity and other qualities, because spring is still far away. At the same time, check the rest of the stocks, reconsider the beets, carrots and onions in order to use them on time, remove from the rest that have become soft or sprouted vegetables.
- On a clear sunny January day, you can walk around the garden and check the whitewash on the trees. If necessary, the whitewash layer should be renewed to protect trees, especially young trees, from the winter sun and pests. Examine trees at the same time for possible problems with bark, lichens and old growths.
- At your leisure, in January, you can review gardening tools to find out if you need to replace some parts, sharpen a brushcutter’s knife, an ax, you may have to buy something.
- By the way, the period after the New Year is usually the time of sales. Visit the nearest hypermarket or garden center to get ready for the upcoming spring planting, select seeds, garden tools needed.
- New Year’s holidays are a good period to discuss plans for the spring with your household. Decide together what you want to plant this year, maybe it’s time to try growing some exotic vegetables or decorate your flower bed with ornamental cabbage. You can draw up a plan for planting a garden – what and where will grow this year.
- Check again the shelter of thermophilic plants and grapes, as the January frosts can be severe.
- If the snowfall was very heavy, you can go out into the garden and shake off the snow from the spreading tree branches to avoid the risk of breakage. In young trees, it is advisable to pre-tighten the crown with ropes, twine twine with thuja, yew, juniper, boxwood with several turns. A lot of snow can accumulate on such spherical and columnar plants, there is a risk of breaking.
- If the frost is getting stronger, and the snow has not fallen in sufficient quantities, you should cover the beds with strawberries and other perennial plants with agrofibre, for example, spunbond or lutrasil.
- It is in winter that you can find time to study literature related to gardening and horticulture, just read, learn something new, useful. And then embody new knowledge in your garden and vegetable garden.
- mounds of snow, abundant frost and frozen ground in December portend a good harvest;
- cloudy December also portends a rich harvest next year, clear – on the contrary;
- a tree felled in December will serve for a long time, it is not taken by the woodworm beetle;
- what day is December 19, winter Nikolai, such a day will be May 22 – summer Nikolai;
- frost on winter Nicholas portends a rich harvest;
- weather December 31 predicts the weather for June;
- snow for Christmas – for a harvest year;
- frost on Christmas foreshadows a good grain harvest;
- warm January – cold summer. And vice versa;
- snowfalls in January – rains in July;
- a lot of snow – a lot of bread, a lot of rains in January – a lot of grass;
- clear January 20 – by a dry summer;
- warm January 24 – spring will be early.