For those who are still keen to get out into the garden during the colder months, the good news is that there is still plenty to do in the way of tasks and planning, to ensure a successful growing season ahead.


It’s a great time to start pruning fruit trees as they lie dormant during the colder months, this helps not only to shape the trees, but to also removes dead or diseased branches to encourage new healthy growth.

To allow better air circulation and sunlight exposure, be sure to remove any crossing branches and make clean cuts just above buds with sharp tools. This is crucial to avoid disease, encourage healing, and minimise stress on the trees during their dormancy.


Mulching is great way to benefit the soil and plants over winter, it’s an easy way to maintain the overall health of the garden and prepare the ground for robust growth in the upcoming spring.

When mulch is applied around trees, shrubs, and perennial plants, it helps insulate the soil, retains moisture, and protects roots from freezing temperatures. Another bonus is that it also prevents weeds from taking over.


Protecting Plants from Frost

It’s a good idea to shield delicate plants from frost and the general harsh winter conditions using fleece covers or cloches. Bring plants that are vulnerable to frost into the conservatory or green house.

Winter Veg Planting

In milder climates or with the use of cold frames or hoop houses, certain vegetables like kale, spinach, and winter lettuces can be grown during the winter months.

Consider starting seeds indoors for plants that need a longer growing season. Herbs, vegetables, and flowers can be started indoors in late winter for an early start in the garden.

Planning and Designing

Use the quieter winter months to plan and design your outdoor space for the vibrant revival of spring, envision new border or container layouts, research new plant varieties, and order seeds or plants.

Its not too late to plant tulips for a stunning display of colourful blooms in the Spring. Tulips require a period of cold temperatures to thrive, making the winter months the perfect time to plant them. Choosing various tulip varieties and experimenting with colour schemes can add vibrancy and elegance to the garden.


As the temperatures drop, set up bird feeders, nesting boxes, or shelters to provide food and refuge for birds and other wildlife that may struggle during the winter months.

Fill your bird feeders with high-energy seeds, nuts, and suet to help sustain birds through the colder months when insects and plants may be less abundant. Leaving a portion of the garden undisturbed with leaf litter, logs, or piles of branches creates shelter for insects, hedgehogs, and small mammals.

Regardless of the milder temperatures, there are still plenty of rewarding and fulfilling gardening jobs to get stuck into. Your efforts now will undoubtedly yield a bounty of beauty and abundance in the seasons to come. So, grab your gloves, pick up those tools, and let’s embrace the slower pace to rejuvenate the garden.