Wintertime Gardening Tips

November 4, 2022

With temperatures dipping into the low 30s this winter in Utah, it’s time to prep your garden for the fast-approaching cold weather. Take a look at these wintertime gardening tips designed to help your plants withstand icy season and blossom into the spring.

Flower with ice on it

Grow Plants That Thrive in Cooler Weather

Whether you want to grow veggies or add some color to your home with decorative plants, research and find plants that do well in the cold. Winter is a great time to plant new trees since they can withstand extreme temperatures. You can also add some color to your backyard with low-maintenance winter plants like Christmas cactus, Snowdrops, Helleborus flowers or Winter Jasmine.

Want to grow something to add to the holiday feast? Beets, brussel sprouts, spinach, carrots and cabbage are all vegetables that not only thrive in cold temperatures but also make an excellent addition to any holiday dish.

Prepare Your Plants for Frosts

Even the most cold-hardy plants are vulnerable to frosts in the wintertime. Protect your outdoor plants by adding a thick layer of mulch. Adding mulch will help protect their root systems, allowing them to withstand harsher conditions once the ground freezes.

On nights that are predicted to get very cold, cover plants with a light cloth to help them keep warm. Finally, watering your plants generously a few days before the first predicted frost ensures they’ll have enough water to get through the icy weather.

Bring Potted Plants Indoors

Take vulnerable plants inside for the winter months to ensure they’re keeping warm. Or, if you want to grow new plants during the winter but don’t want the hassle of outdoor gardening, try growing some new indoor plants. Cut budding branches off plants in your garden to grow inside or start from scratch and grow a new plant in the comfort of your home.

Prepare for Spring

It may not feel like it yet, but spring is right around the corner. Prepare your garden for spring by ensuring all hoses and sprinklers are in good condition. Take into account your gardening materials like mulch, fertilizer, and tools so you know what you have and what you might need. Finally, order seeds to make sure you have all the plants you want to grow when March rolls around.

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