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Winter can be a quiet time for gardens as the days get colder and shorter. Many plants are dormant in winter, which means there’s less weeding and watering to be done, however, there are many ways you can still enjoy your garden this winter.

In the run up to winter, there’s plenty of cleaning and preparing to do to help maintain your garden before the first frosts arrive. Clearing fallen leaves, tidying up green houses and clearing out last year’s compost from the compost bins are all important during autumn to help maintain your garden and get it read for the oncoming winter. For many trees and shrubs, winter is the perfect opportunity to cut back any branches that hang too low or look untidy.

Certain “tender” species of plants, such as begonias, dahlias, and cannas, can be at risk during the harsh winter, so protecting these in autumn can save some disappointment in the new year. If you have any tender species of plants, it’s best to gently lift them from the ground for the winter, cutting back their stems, cleaning the soil from them and storing them in trays of dry compost or sand in a cool, frost-free place until spring arrives.

While certain plants struggle during the colder months, other plants thrive under these harsh environments. Vegetables such as onions, garlic, peas, carrots and more can brave these cold winters, and make for an early harvest in the spring of the new year. There are many early flowering spring bulbs you can plant in the winter, seasonal favourites such as daffodils, crocuses, and primroses, as well as tulips, hyacinths, and snowdrops - often the first bulbs to flower in the new year. You can also plant some evergreens, which are sure to bring some colour to your garden during winter.

Most garden wildlife hibernates over winter, with freezing temperatures and a short supply of food making life difficult. However, some species, such as birds, small rodents, and squirrels, don’t hibernate, but could use all the help they can get to survive these harsh conditions. As insects and grub are harder to find, leaving out bird feeders and re-filling them regularly can help your local birds stay happy and healthy during the winter. Frogs, toads, and newts rise from their temporary winter slumber during warmer days in search of food. If you have a pond in your garden, it can be a good idea to leave a tennis ball or something similar floating to prevent it from freezing over completely, and it can be a good idea to create a near-by rock pile for them to take shelter during the cold. Nearly half of all hedgehogs die during their first winter, so providing a shelter such as a leaf pile, or creating a small “hedgehog house” out of spare wood, can greatly increase their chances of survival.

So, if you’re craving some time outdoors and your green fingers are itching, there’s still plenty to keep you busy during the winter months.

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