You read that correctly, winter gardening.

Many people think of gardening as a spring or summer activity, but winter is a perfect time to tend to your garden. Or begin growing plants inside.

Indoor Winter Gardening

As the weather starts to cool, and you spend less time outside, it only makes sense to move your favorite outdoor activity with you. Growing plants indoors is also beneficial to your health. Plants in the home reduce air and dust pollution and make you more productive.

There are two ways to garden indoors, purposefully buy plants that will stay indoors year round. A list of great indoor plants can be found here. Or transition your outdoor plants inside.

Transitioning plants from the sunny outdoors to a controlled indoor environment is important. But the sudden change in light, humidity, and temperature can shock plants. To make the smoothest transition move plants you’d like inside for the winter under a tree in your yard. Do this for a few days before temperatures reach around 45 degrees.

Before officially moving them into your house gently spray down plants with water to reduce unwanted and unseen pests.  If a plant seems too large for inside, or too far gone to recover, bring in a clipping inside for the winter. Soak plant roots in a dilution of SCD BioAg prior to transplanting to coat them with beneficial bacteria.

Once plants are inside, group them together to increase humidity.  This can also be done by the kitchen sink or in your bathrooms. And remember, the number one death of houseplants is overwatering.

Outdoor Winter Gardening

Once all the leaves have fallen off the trees most outdoor gardens get abandoned and assumed dead. This isn’t always the case. Although few plants rapidly grow in the winter season outdoors, plants can still be alive through the winter.

Horticulturist Gerard Lordahl suggests that winter is the perfect time to work with the soil in your garden, especially by focusing on three major factors: watering, mulching, and composting.

On days that are above freezing, gardeners should attempt to water their soil as much as possible. When you can’t water, try mulching your garden frequently. The freezing and unfreezing of the ground causes root damage to plants still in the ground and leaves the microbes alive in the soil hungry for nutrients. Mulching aerates the soil allowing water to drain and nutrients to cycle through the soil.

If you want to beef up you winter garden’s nutrients, try mixing coconut bars, small amounts of compost, or small amounts of ground up newspaper into the soil. If you don’t have access to freshly composted material, start composting now. With an indoor composter, you wouldn’t even have to leave your kitchen.

No matter what route you take, winter can be the perfect time to garden. Because weather isn’t the boss of your green thumb.

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