Can You still Garden During The Winter Months?
For those that love to garden there are a few months in the year that leave you empty handed and holding the pot, waiting for it to pass. Those winter months can be tough for those that like to be outdoors working their green thumb. Depending on the climate you might still be able to plant some flowers, shrubs and trees but they likely won’t bloom until Spring. This is the case for those coastal areas where their weather is a bit warmer than most.
For those that live where it snows there might not be a chance to garden outside since the ground will freeze and nothing will grow, although plants will survive if you get them in the ground before the freeze hits. Instead you can turn your gardening in the house rather than outside of it.
While you might not be able to have a full garden in the house, with the right pots you can have some nice house plants instead. Not only will these house plants thrive in the winter months but most of them will continue to thrive in the house throughout the year. And they will provide healthy air for you to breathe, keeping your home fresh even in the stale winter months. Here are some of the plants you can use in the winter and some great benefits from them:
*Aloe – While most people know what aloe is when used as a medicine the plant itself has great properties and can thrive indoors and outdoors. It does well in low climates and in those snowy areas is best when brought into the house. It has a natural reaction when the toxin levels get too high in the house and it will show it with brown spots on the leaves. Break off a leaf and use the fluid inside for natural sunburn relief and other remedies of the skin.
*English Ivy – A cute little ivy plant that is simple to grow, and helps keep your air breathable, as most plants do. While ivy can get out of hand at times, keeping it trim is the key. It looks great in an open hallway or kitchen area.
*Rubber Tree – Among the easiest plants list to grow the rubber tree is versatile and tough. It thrives in dim light level as well as well-lit areas and they can survive the cold climates as well. Another great plant that makes this list as an air purifier you will breathe better when this plant is in your home.
*Peace Lily – These are beautiful little plants that are low-maintenance. They do great in cooler temperatures and in shade environment and and they work at removing toxins from the air. Keep it in mind for a little corner plant or something to set on the stand in a wide hallway.
*Snake Plant – The Snake Plant needs little light and very little water to continue to survive and are a great option for a house plant. They grow in straight little shoots like bamboo and are the perfect natural air purifier. As we all know most plants absorb carbon monoxide during the day and release oxygen, the Snake Plant does the same thing at night.
*Spider Plant – This plant is known as a spider plant because of the way it grows and reproduces. In coastal areas, it can quickly take over an area of land as the leaves will sprout a whole other bush on them, breaking apart and becoming another plant. These buds look like little spiders when they sprout until it roots into the ground and becomes its own plant. They survive in all climates, and the green and white patterns are lovely to look at.
*Golden Pothos – This plant is on the NASA list as it can remove formaldehyde out of the air. It’s great when placed in the living room or in the kitchen as a hanging decoration plant and their leaves in fact can grow down in vines. And they grow easily even it is in low level of light and cool temperatures.
Shrubs, Trees, and plants that were already planted and are a sturdy such as roses. These consist of plants like the Spruce, Evergreen Holly, the tea plant also known as Camellias can all survive the winter months. Camellias are a beautiful flower that will do well unless your area freezes. Snowdrops are a cute little flower that will bloom through the snow, even in an extended frost. Witch Hazel comes from a shrub in the garden that also survives and blooms in the winter months. If you like an herb garden than Witch Hazel should be something added to it. Hellebores are a winter perennial that will bloom as early as January, quickly adding color to the new year.
For those that have a greenhouse the winter months can still be harsh unless it is completely enclosed and heated. A greenhouse traps the natural gases in, which allows the plants to thrive, but they are still susceptible to the cold. If the walls of the greenhouse are fabric or wood it would have to be insulated properly or heated to the right temperature. Since a greenhouse is not typically attached to the house it could mean a walk out into the cold before getting into it. Even so there will be limits as to what you will be able to trick into growing, but fresh vegetables that usually grow at other times of the year are best grown in the greenhouse rather than flowers.