How To - Winter Gardening

Grow crops in pots
Who doesn't love the idea of eating fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables every day? Anyone can make it happen, even when there's no dirt to dig. If your outdoors is tiny or temporary (or if the prospect of digging is putting you off getting started) growing crops in pots is the way to go, especially in winter.
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Care for roses in winter
Six months from now, roses will be charming us with their beauty and fragrance. They'll be all the more intoxicating if we pamper them a little over the next few months
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Garden in Winter
The last summer's crops have been picked and the veges we planted in autumn are looking good. Much of the garden will soon be sleeping but that doesn't mean we have to hibernate indoors
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Grow citrus
No wonder citrus trees are so popular. With their cheerful winter colour, delicious health-giving fruit, glossy evergreen leaves, fragrant blossoms, a lovely shape and not too large. What more could we want from a tree?
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Grow daphne
A single sprig of daphne can fill a room with perfume. Such powerful fragrance on a small evergreen shrub is especially precious in mid winter!
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Grow your greens
They are among winter's most powerful health foods, especially when you grow your own. The nutrient rich veges we call brassicas reach peak flavour when chilly weather causes their sugar content to rise
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Know your onions
Even if you don't have the space to grow your own supply of fat brown bulbs, you need never be without an onion alternative. Its flavour and health benefits abound in a whole family of easily accommodated plants.
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Transplant a shrub or small tree
Sometimes it can't be helped - you realise you have planted a tree in the wrong place and it must be moved. The best time to do this is while the tree is dormant and is least likely to suffer water stress, in late autumn, winter or early spring.
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When less is more
As the leaves drop from the trees it's time to reach for the pruning tools.
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Kids Go Gardening - grow hyacinth bulbs in a pot
Autumn and early winter are the best times to plant bulbs. Plant some bubs in pots now and you'll be amazed at the results in spring!
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Build and improve your soil
Great soil is a gardener's best friend. Hidden below ground level, it's too often forgotten, until you wonder why your plants are failing to thrive! The answer lies in organic matter
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22-Oct-2017