‘Tis the season to reflect!
I can’t believe it’s December already – as I get older, Christmas just seems to come around so much faster! During the cold and darker days and with all the festivities coming up, your mind may not be on the garden so much but you should take a minute or two every now and then to take in the shots of colour that brighten up your garden at this time of year, it will put a smile on your face!
Now is the perfect time to look back
Celebrate the joy we have gained from our gardens and allotments this year. It’s time to think about our gardening achievements – maybe you managed to create the best flower display yet or grew the biggest haul of spuds ever? It’s also a great time to think about the things that may not have worked out so well and to make adjustments for next time by planning ahead. Gardening is a highly beneficial activity. A study published in the Journal of Public Health showed that spending as little as 30 minutes a week in the garden boosts energy levels, mood and self-esteem. There is nothing better than stepping into that green space that you have created with your own hands and to enjoy the effects of all the hard work you have put in.
Winter is admittedly not the season to spend long hours in the garden, however, if you feel up to it, there are still a number of jobs you can do. You can, for example, prepare mulch for the winter, lightly prune roses that are top-heavy in order to prevent wind rock damage, clean the interior of the greenhouse, prepare the ground for next year, dig up root vegetables and prune apple and pear trees. It will not only make your garden look more attractive, but also give you a great sense of achievement, put you in a good mood and set you up nicely for a well-earned mince pie or two!
I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
‘Tis the season to reflect! – Written by Catherine Williams, The Garden Lady