Gardening tips by London Florist

When the season dictates a slowing down of pace what should one do in order to keep some progress in motion?  Of course one has to operate within their resources but even a window sill can provide an opportunity to have some fresh herbs through the winter.   No, one will not be able to feed a family from a window sill but they can certainly liven up the presentation of and zing up the taste of a meal in moments with the aid of a variety of herbs.  The difference between the fresh example and the dried version is enormous.  Once you are in the swing of things only in desperation does anyone resort to using the dried versions.  Do remember to bring any plants that are on a window sill inside of the curtains when they are drawn as the window sill can become too cold for the likes of basil in the really cold weather.

Other plants which can do well indoors during the winter are spring bulbs which can be fooled into a “winter” in the fridge and fooled into spring when brought out into room temperature.  For best results plant the bulbs in special bulb fibre and make sure that they are not waterlogged nor allowed to dry out.  With the correct timing some can be ready for Christmas.  The bulbs can be of the cheap and cheerful variety so should be within the reach of everyone. Hyacinths and tulips are particularly popular.

If you have some outdoor space larger pots can be planted up with bulbs in just about any compost (a little later than for indoor use) and when they are starting to bloom be placed out of doors to provide a welcome at the doorway or a cheerful aspect from your window.

Of course the traditional practice of preparing ahead for the outdoors in spring must not be overlooked.  For the enthusiasts one can start from seed, usually from early January onwards.  Whether for blooms or food a little space is required as the compost and handling can be a bit messy!  Cheap trays necessary!  For hardy plants a cold greenhouse will do especially if the seed trays are heated with low voltage electric cables.  Such straightforward techniques can bring forward the season by anything up to six weeks.

Plants which are not hardy will have to be protected until the danger of frosts has passed but even hardy plants benefit from a gradual transition from protected environments to being fully exposed to the elements.  Simple techniques such as covering the still small plants with cloches eases there journey out into the big bad world and promotes their growth.  Bearing in mind how cold and wet the spring of 2012 was in many parts of Europe a little bit of cheating can be justified!  Even hardy plants rotted before they could really look after themselves.

 

Gardening tips by London Florist was last modified: November 13th, 2012 by admin
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