Planning a Garden during the Winter Months

Unless you’re an avid skier, snowmobiler or a seven-year-old snowball connoisseur, winter is likely extremely dull for you. Some people are just bored, while others develop serious seasonal depression issues due to a decrease in light and activity, including seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Planning a gardening project now for next spring can be a great way to combat the winter blahs and boost the value of your home.

Deciding the purpose of the garden is the first step. Obviously a garden looks pretty and offers a peaceful retreat, but do you want to grow vegetables, incorporate a patio or gazebo for entertaining or attract native fauna to come and visit? Even in the winter, it’s easy to note what kind of sun exposure your future garden will receive, whether or not there are trees creating heavy shade or if there are imperfections in the landscape that you’d like to cover up.

With this information, you can begin to sketch out a rough idea of what you want your garden to look like and how much you want to spend.

Selecting plants for function and aesthetics is also important. Because of Canada’s variety in seasons, including shrubbery or trees that will still look great during the winter months is key for year-round viewing, as well as adding bulbs or plants that bloom at different times throughout the year. Colour, texture and deciding whether or not you want a labour-intensive garden or one that basically takes care of itself will also affect the choice of plants in the space.

This is all research that can be done over the winter months to pump you up for your new garden and can provide an escape from the dull frigidity of winter.

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