With winter in full swing, it's easy for those of us who love gardening to feel the winter blues. There are actually a number of creative and exciting gardening projects that you can do to stay busy and enjoy the season.
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Gardening Projects To Get You Through Winter
As winter weather sets in, it can be difficult to find activities to keep you busy while you wait for the start of spring. Gardening is one activity that you can enjoy in the winter, no matter your area or climate.
It’s not just about tending to existing plants and making sure they’re well looked after during the winter months – there are plenty of ways to get creative and make the most of the season!
Let's look at some inspiring gardening projects that you can get stuck into this winter.
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Build A Bug Hotel
Cut bamboo pieces, stems, twigs, seed heads, pinecones, wood shavings, and lichen. Wood frame to hold it all together. Arrange plant materials within the structure, packed tightly so it will stay put, but with lots of available crevices for the bugs.
Affix hanging hardware and hang it in an area of the garden that is close to where you want the bugs next season.
Try Winter Sowing
Start your garden early by sowing seeds in empty milk jobs and letting Mother Nature do the rest.
If you're looking for some tasty options for your winter garden, you can't go wrong with the classic cool-season crops – like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
You could also try planting some leafy greens – like lettuce, kale, and bok choy – for a hardy annual option. Why not add some herbs like sage, oregano, dill, and mint for a flavorful boost? These are all great candidates for winter sowing.
I have successfully grown new succulents from the leaves of other succulents I have owned. It has been a while but it is definitely doable! You can learn more about how to do it from Garden Therapy.
DIY Seed Tape
Grab some 1-ply toilet paper, washable non-toxic glue, and your seeds.
Place small dots of glue on the toilet paper according to how far apart you want your seeds spaced. For most plantings, 1 to 3 inches is a good start as some seeds may not germinate. Using your fingers or tweezers, place a seed onto each drop of glue.
When those little glue dots have hardened, roll up your seed tape and stash it in an envelope or zip-top bag until you’re ready to use them. Be sure to label your seed tape!
Grow Herbs Indoors
AeroGardens are easy to set up and use to grow almost anything you want. There are many different styles of the AreoGarden, from those with just 3 pods to those with many more. I have a 3-pod AeroGarden, and an off-brand 10-pod as well. We have 13 different herbs growing in our kitchen now.
Learn to Soak Beans, Seeds, and Grains to Sprout
Growing sprouts may take a bit of time, but it's definitely worth the wait! All you need is a bit of patience and attention, keeping an eye on their progress and attending to them if needed. That's all there is to it! You can learn more about it here.
Create Adorable, Functional Plant Markers
There are endless ideas for making plant markers for your garden or flower beds. We have made a number of different ones over the years. You can find some ideas to get you started here.