I’ll be honest, I can’t bring myself to go out on the balcony – it is bloody freezing out there. At the moment Geneva is enjoying one heck of a cold front. We’ve had overnight temperatures around about the -8°C mark, and the days haven’t breached 0°C. And then there is the windchill, which is making it feel more like minus double-figures…
But if I wasn’t so afraid of the biting wind there would be a lot of jobs that could be done around about now. Here’s what you could get up too if you’re feeling fearless…
Give your fruit trees and vines some loving –
We’ve got two vines, a nectarine tree and two apple trees (not bad for a balcony eh?!), and around about this time of year you can get a good look at them. Take a look for canker on the apple trees, and give any trees or bushes a hard prune. The latter is a whole lot easier when there aren’t so many leaves around…
Sort seeds and plan –
I’m working on my dream garden at the moment (we’ll be moving in April), and so as a result I’ve been perusing seeds catalogues all winter. Now is a great time to plan what you want to grow, order seeds and even start to show some of the early varieties.
Harvest anything that’s left –
Some of your brassicas, winter greens, and root vegetables might still be in the ground, and if that’s the case you should maybe harvest them around about now. Although some varieties will be happy, be safe and harvest or at the very less protect them from heavy frosts and snow.
Have a clean –
Don’t wait until Spring to have a clean out. Now is a great time to have a tidy, wash down pots and throw out anything that is broken or busted beyond repair.
So what garden jobs do you have planned? I’d love to hear about your plans, so leave a comment below or get in touch on Twitter (@PlantEatRepeat).