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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?

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,569

    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 Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,083

    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.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • MarygoldMarygold Posts: 327

    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 Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 12,017

    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.

    Consequences, altered cases
    Broken noses, altered faces
    My ego altered, altered egos
    Wherever I go, so does me go
  • 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: 3,123

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

  • 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

  • DaintinessDaintiness EssexPosts: 980

    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: 16,170
    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. 

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,569

    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

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