4. Grow your own
You can still yield a hearty harvest in winter. Plant carrots, beetroot, cauliflower, leek, spring onion and broccoli to make your own flu-busting vegetable soup straight from your garden. Spinach and silverbeet thrive in the cooler months, as do nutritional herbs including thyme, rosemary and sage. A rich and nourishing soil is essential for growing and harvesting vegetables and herbs in winter. Replenish old soil with animal manure and plenty of organic compost, then rake it through to help the nutrients break down.
5. Dream big
No matter how eager you are to get gardening, there will always be dreary winter days that are better spent inside. Use this time to research your dream garden. Map out a plan for that new theme or design you’ve been coveting, plot the logistics of adding more shade in time for summer, or decide which natives you’d like to plant to attract local wildlife into your surroundings. You’ll be ready to get started when the sun comes back out to play.
6. Pamper houseplants
Your indoor plants need some TLC this season, too. Although they live in a temperature-controlled climate, they’re affected by winter’s dry air, shorter days and limited light. Move plants closer to windows, making sure the windows are clean so the light gets through, and be sure to keep them away from drafts or heaters. Most plants need less water in winter, so be wary of overwatering. Test their moisture levels by pushing your finger an inch or two into the soil. If it’s dry, your plant needs a drink.