Maintain & Protect
As the wetter and colder weather is most certainly here, thoughts should turn to prioritising protection in the garden.
Firstly, we must provide food and shelter for our feathered friends, with access to fresh water a bonus. If you have a bird bath keep it frost free, and topped up with fresh water to stop it from being infested with algae. Bird boxes should be cleaned out, and feeders should be topped up now with inexpensive seed or nuts, and will make all the difference to the wellbeing of our beloved wild birds. The more our avian friends frequent our garden, the more pests are eaten as a result, so leaving out a feast will help the garden in turn.
Before burning any old garden matter, please make sure there are no creatures that have taken up residence in the pile. To protect pot plants and containers from frost, and water logging, raise them off the ground with inexpensive terracotta feet, and insulate with hessian or fleece wrapped with twine. This will stop the pot from cracking and the plant inside will be kept cosy and warm.
Continue to clear fallen leaves from pathways and the lawn, tidying them into an allocated leaf area, where they can rot down into a beautiful rich soil conditioner which will be ready to use in around two years. Frugal gardening sometimes takes time, but the results are fantastic, and it’s a homegrown and plastic free alternative to store bought conditioners.
Now is a great time to edge your lawn- with the borders pretty much bare, it will create a nice tidy appearance throughout the winter.
If you have plants in the greenhouse, with no way of heating it or space to bring them inside, try insulating with a layer of bubble wrap on the inside panels of glass. If you can source the bubblewrap from a resource sharing site, even better.