Overwintering Yourself...

Well, summer 2013 has been a real cracker, but sadly all good things must come to an end! This week will see me lifting my dahlias and clearing out the last of my rudbeckias, my winter bedding and bulbs are in, and so the final question of the year: How do i  overwinter myself...?

I'm pretty new to gardening, this has only been my second summer (and my god was it better than 2012 lol), and i'm keen not to spend the next few months staring longingly out of the window. So i was wondering what my fellow gardeners replace their gardening time with whilst everythings having a rest?

Cheers all image



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    There's uually some tree work to be done and there's already enough shredding to keep me busy for a few days.

    This year there are 3 trees that need cutting back from the power wires and one over hanging some steps which needs to be brought down in bits before it crashes down and demolishes steps. It's got a good lean on it and it right in line. 

    Then there are plants to rescue before OH digs a trench to rain water so we aren't flooded for weeks again this year.

    And when all that's done and it's too wet to go and look for signs of re-awakening garden?

    I'll just go into a deep decline


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,178

    There is not much rest for gardeners.  Winter is good for maintenance jobs such as building or repairing compost bins, fences, trellises....   Whenit isn't freezing, new shrubs and trees and hedges can be planted, especially bare root ones.   Then there's pot and seed tray cleaning, getting the lawnmower serviced, cleaning tools......   Sorting out seeds and ordering more ready for spring.......  Mature gardens have trees and shrubs that can be pruned in winter to control size and/or improve their shape and vigour on days when it isn't freezing.  New paths can also be laid when it isn't freezing.

    Plenty to do really but when the weather is very unfriendly, I do domestic stuff like clearing out wardrobes or the attic, stripping and painting or oiling furniture and stuff I've found in flea markets and sewing for all three of us.

    The Vendée, France
  • MarygoldMarygold Posts: 316

    I don't stop gardening in winter. There's alawys lots of catching up to do even if it's only clearing leaves that have collected in corners or cleaning and tydying pots etc. I may stop for a bit in December but only because of Christmas. This frustrates me, so roll on January!!

    P.S. I love Christmas really! 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 5,114

    I find there is always plenty to do in winter, it is ayear round pursuit Firstly I prune a lot of shrubs and hedges at this time and there always seem to be weeds growing.

    Next gradually throughout winter I cut back the stems on perennials so that it is finished by spring when I know I will be very busy.

    Also I find I am always trying to extend my beds by removing more lawn and winter seems to be a good time to do this so that they are ready for spring planting.

    When it really is too horrible to go outside I like to look at notes made throughout the year to decide what I will change next year and of course there are plant catalogues to study and plenty of dreaming over a glass or two of single malt about how wonderful things will be next year.

    There's one more kid that will never go to school
    Never get to fall in love,never get to be cool.
  • All of the above and I indulge in garden porn by poring over catalogues and dreaming about what I could grow if i were rich, fitter, had staff to help etc!

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    my jobs, redecorate the house and fix inside what I've ignored in favour of the garden!

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,109

    I'll keep the leaves at bay, do a little weeding now and then. I don't cut shrubs back now until end of march or beginning of april after the frosts.

    So I'll get ready for xmas then catch up on some reading or clear outcupboards.  I've got some decorating to do so that can be done in the new year too.image

  • I move the bird feeders closer to the house so I have a good view from indoors. I tidy up, cutting back foliage past its sell by date, readying things for spring planting etc.

    I then get out my knitting needles to give myself a project to stop me planting seeds too early. This is a yearly problem and I have to restrain myself with reminders of leggy seedlings and window sills unable to cope. I think I will make a very long scarf!!

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,106
    Outdoor girl wrote (see)

    All of the above and I indulge in garden porn by poring over catalogues and dreaming about what I could grow if i were rich, fitter, had staff to help etc!


    Outdoor girl wrote (see)

    All of the above and I indulge in garden porn by poring over catalogues and dreaming about what I could grow if i were rich, fitter, had staff to help etc!

    Me too. 

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    I knew there was something missing in my garden. 


    Just dig over that patch that's never been touched will you please.The half bricks can go on the pile over there. The plastic, metal and asbestos (cough when you say that word) can go in that rubble sack and we'll decide what to do with it later.

    After that; all the shed sticks from the willow can be put through the shredder and those two trees really need to come down before they damage something.

    I'll make the coffee.

    Ah yes, lovely

  • MrsGardenMrsGarden Posts: 3,736
    Send your bloke my way nut when you've finished with him. Grrr no smileys to wink at you! Ok ill keep it pc - bloke or lady ( after all we know who works hardest don't we?)
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,054

    I will Mrs G, but there's a lot to do here first

  • archiepemarchiepem Posts: 1,156

    new bed to put in . re jig two beds . cut and lop hedges . repair path . sort shed .and re sort shed . and make new seating / cooking area in front of summer house image

  • I still do bits in the shed and green house  and general sweep and tidy up any excuse to have a cuppa outside in peace.image

  • Most of the above for me too. New plot on the allotment needs refencing so OH to help with that. He's just built me a two bay composter at the weekend. The rest of it needs digging over completely as the previous tenants hardly touched it for months. have made a good start though.

    May try and redesign the back garden a little and plan it to have more colour next year. Large apple tree also needs pruning. I have still got 4 clematis to go in but can't decide where to put them.

    Will also refer to seeds catalogues. 


  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    Interested in reading all your above comments as this is my first winter as a retiree.  I have virtually closed down my allotment other than having a bonfire and just need to do some pruning in the back garden.  Well,  planning for Christmas takes over really (baking) then in the New Year clear out cupboards, practice my violin (with earplugs) and piano, do family history research and then it will soon be spring.  

  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,109

    Mrsgarden,  send him my way when you've finished with him!!!!image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,823

    I make lists - lists of things to buy, lists of things to try, lists of things for the builder to do, and lists for my "undergardener" to see to when the weather breaks and the sun shines - as far as staff are concerned - don't need them - he's coming along nicely image


    Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes. 
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,106

    I do a lot of fantasising.

    Start with the garden porn and a glass of wine or two. make a list of all the things I would like to grow, given ideal soil, a hunky bloke to do the donkey work, and limitless money. I just waft around in a floaty dress on an ideal summers day, not too hot that I burn.The big hat keeps off the sun, so as not to freckle my porcelain skin. I pick a few perfect blossoms and place them in a trug, so i can arrange them in that perfect vase. I return to the terrace and the under butler brings a cooling glass of Pimms, while we wait for dinner.........and of course I have perfectly manicured hands.

    Then the wine wears off, I cross out most of the things on the list because they don't suit my soil, and I go and wash the kitchen floor for the umpteenth time, because of the mud that gets trailed in from the garden.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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