GREAT FUN WINTER GARDENING IDEAS . The excitement of Christmas has gone, it’s cold and the days are short and there’s plenty to do indoors.
There’s not much happening in the garden now right? Wrong!
Winter is full of tasks opportunities you can fill your time with. Here’s some of our favourite Winter Gardening Ideas.
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1.Help Wildlife Is A Great Winter Gardening Idea
Winter is a great time to help your garden wildlife.You can even buy amazing kits for wildlife now like bug hotels find some other favourites here.
- Try building a birdhouse from scraps of wood
- Build a pond in a container
- Make a bird feeder
Heres a few ideas to help your garden wildlife here too.
2.Making A Nature Journal Is A Wonderful Winter Gardening Idea
In January, we love to set up bird feeders and settle down to count the kinds of feathered friends as part of the Big Bird Count.
This is a national count of our garden birds that helps those in the know to monitor the health of our natural world.
This is a great way to do your part connect with the wildlife visiting your garden, and it help show your kids what’s going on around them.
It’s a great way to do our part in monitoring our garden birds and it’s an excuse to snuggle up together for an house.
The dishes can wait right?
We love to make a nature journal each January to keep our count in as well as all the other activities we do throughout the year.
If you gathered up some autumn leaves like we did, you will be able to make wonderful leaf mould. The light crumbly soil that’s left is perfect for using as a mulch or soil conditioner
Either gather the leaves into a bin bag with a few holes in it and leave it somewhere dark, or if like us you have access to lots of leaves.
The easiest way to store them is in a large wire mesh enclosure. Either way, in 12 months you will have lovely crumbly soil.
4.Making Compost Is An Easy Winter Gardening Idea
You can collect the dead materials all around your garden and make your own compost bin. You can use a plastic one like this, which is fabulous if you only have a small garden.
This one’s great if you have small amounts of material to compost. The tumbler action helps the compost to form a lot quicker..
We have an allotment plot and need a lot more space for compost so we have used pallets to make our own like the one above.
5. Planning your Garden Is A Must Do Winter Gardening Idea
Spend some time planning your garden space. We love to get the seed catalogues out and plan all the goodies we want to grow this year, where the play equiptment will go, what windowsill salads we can start now or what fruit we would love to try.
We draw out our plan and plan out our seed calendar and do what we can to organise our space so we can charge ahead when the weather turns.
Get our Free Garden Planning sheets here
6.Starting A Windowsill Garden Is An Easy Winter Garden Idea
You can even try to regrow your kitchen scraps on the windowsill, try regrowing lettuce, cabbage and celery from their root stumps by sitting it in water.
Sit back and watch as the firm green stubby shoots grow from each of the spots or ‘eyes’. This is a great activity for your kids to do and you can print out our garden journal here
8.Collect & Make Pots
8.Collect & Make Pots
Try a soda bottle salad bar or a paper pot pepper?
Ways to recycle in the garden. A great Winter Gardening Idea