Sunday, 24 April 2016

Keeping Your Garden Green in Colder Regions: Great Ideas for You

It might always be a little chilly outdoors, but that occasional dose of sunshine should bring out the gardener in you!  With just a little preparation on your part, Mother Nature can transform your garden into an enchanting, flowery tapestry. Isn’t it time you started on those pet garden projects, rather than wait for a perfect day?

Leafing out

Your choice of crops that can survive in colder regions should depend not only on cold tolerance, but also on their growth habit and schedule. Spinach, for instance, is a hardy winter plant that puts out new leaves persistently. You can see it bloom all winter. 

Vegetable and fruit gardening

A large variety of crops can grow in areas known to stay cold year-around. Veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, peas, collards, spinach, mustard greens, kale, and several types of lettuce prefer cooler temperatures.

Apart from these, other choices you can consider for your cold weather garden are root vegetables such as beets, turnips, radishes, and baby carrots. 

Continue feeding birds, if you’d like them to stick around for helping you in insect control, once the weather starts to warm up again.

Buy garden tools

Do not wait until spring time to get your mower repaired! In case of snow, make sure to brush or shake off the snow from the branches of your shrubs and evergreens. Buy all the garden tools you require.

Top four tips for crop growing in colder regions

  1. Make use of low tunnels created out of plastic pipes that are covered with plastic sheeting.
  2. Use a greenhouse, if possible.
  3. Cover the crops with leaf mulch or straw.
  4. Cover the plants with blankets, row cover or old sheets.
Gardening in colder regions is surprisingly easy. The pace is slow, but the low light levels tend to cut down on water evaporation. Sometimes it eliminates the need to water in many areas of the country.

It is a good idea to experiment with different kinds of crops to identify the plants that can grow best in your garden. Test every plant for the extent of protection it needs. Check for the timing of planting and a rhythm that will work. Plant new crops any time you see an empty space.

Use lots of compost to offer extra boost to your crops. Remember! You must fear heat more than the chill. Vent quick hoops, cold frames, and greenhouses during sunny days: that might trap hot air inside, which would ‘cook’ your greens prematurely.

There’s sufficient daylight to grow a range of different crops at any latitude or altitude in the US. With just a little preparation and caution, you can enjoy for sure a green garden all year round.

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