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8 Ways To Garden in Winter

As the days get shorter and colder, it can be difficult to keep your gardening hobby going. But, with a little creativity and determination, there are many ways to exercise your green thumb and continue gardening during the winter months.

While the weather might not be ideal, there are still plenty of things you can do to keep your garden looking great even when the temperatures drop. Here are eight tips to help you get started. Don’t let the snow stop you from gardening – get started today!

Indoor Gardening

Indoor Gardening
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One of the easiest ways to continue gardening during the cold months is by creating an indoor garden. You can grow a wide variety of plants indoors, from herbs and vegetables to flowers.

There are many options when it comes to indoor growing techniques. You can plant towers and living walls or make your indoor oasis by placing your plants near each other to form a microclimate.

Whatever method you choose, there are many ways to create the perfect indoor garden space that will allow you to enjoy fresh produce and beautiful flowers during the winter months.

Container Gardening

Container Gardening
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If you don’t have room for an entire indoor garden, consider container gardening. You can use containers as small as pots or large planters. This method works well for growing vegetables like garlic and lettuce, which need a long season of cold temperatures to thrive.

And by placing your containers on a sunny patio, your plants will get plenty of light even during the shorter days of winter.

Greenhouse Gardening

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Another option for growing plants during the winter is to build your greenhouse. It can be as simple or complex as you want, depending on your budget and DIY skills. You can create a small greenhouse using recycled materials, purchase an inexpensive greenhouse kit, or even convert an outbuilding into a year-round garden.

With a properly insulated greenhouse, you can grow many types of plants all winter long, from seedlings and starter crops to full-grown fruit trees and shrubs.

Cold Frame Gardening

Outdoor wooden cold frame for growing seedlings, vegetables, herbs and fruit.
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If you have limited space or gardening skills, another way for enjoying indoor gardening in winter is cold-frame gardening. A traditional cold frame consists of a wooden box covered with a lid or glass panels, and it is often used to protect plants from the elements.

By placing your containers or seedlings inside a cold frame, you can give them an extra layer of protection from the cold or wind. Additionally, you can extend your growing season by several weeks.

Cover Crops

Clover Cover Crop Plants with Prominent Clover
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One great method to garden in the winter is by using cover crops. These plants, usually low-growing vegetation, help with soil fertility and act as a type of protective blanket while also adding nutrients to the soil. Additionally, they are great for attracting pollinators!

There are many different types of cover crops that you can use, including legumes, cereals, and grasses. All of these add nitrogen to the soil and are good for inhibiting soil erosion and preventing weeds from growing.

Plant Hardy Varieties

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If you want to keep gardening in winter but are worried about losing all of your flowers to the cold, another option is to plant hardy varieties.

Many types of fruits, vegetables, and flowers can withstand the cooler temperatures of winter without having to be sheltered inside your home or greenhouse. Some of these include pansies, witch hazel, kale, carrots, Algerian irises, and hellebore.


hands holding compost above the composter with organic waste
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Another perfect technique for gardening in winter is composting. When you do this properly, it results in rich organic matter that can be used as fertilizer or mulch once it’s ready.

To get started with composting, you will need to gather a few basic supplies, including grass clippings or kitchen scraps. You can also add materials like straw and dried leaves to help with moisture retention and air circulation.


Wood chips mulch
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Mulching is awesome for gardening in the winter months. Mulch helps protect the soil from extreme temperature changes and can reduce the risk of erosion during rainy weather. 

There are many different types of mulch that you can use, including chopped leaves, shredded bark, grass clippings, and pine.

Keep On Gardening!

Gardeners are a determined bunch, and you won’t let a little cold weather stop you from tending to your plants. If you need some inspiration, check out the tips in this article. From bringing your plants indoors to composting and greenhouse living, there is still plenty to do this season!

Do you have any tips or tricks for gardening in the winter? Leave a comment below!