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Winter Gardening with Group Estates Manager, Chris Holdsworth

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Winter is such a wonderful time to get your garden prepped for the coming seasons and there’s lots to do right now. We chatted to our Group Estates Manager, Chris Holdsworth and he shared some handy tips for the garden this winter…

Chris says: It’s easy to forget about your garden in the winter months, with the cold, wet and windy weather we often neglect. Getting out in the fresh air to preen and pamper our gardens will do wonders for your wellbeing!

What have you been getting up to in the garden during the winter months?

Chris said the gardening team have been catching up from the summer and autumn months. Ensuring pruning of the apple trees and wisteria. Building new planters for the driveways and repainting outdoor furniture ready for the warmer months.

How can you make the most out of our garden waste in the winter months?

The best thing to do is to compost all the leaves and grass clippings to make your own mulch. This is then left for approximately 12 months to decompose and compost. Then it can be used around the gardens on roses and vegetable patches.

Top 5 winter gardening tips from Chris

  • Cut back your herbaceous borders
  • Clip yew hedges
  • Winter prune your roses
  • Lift & store your dahlias
  • Harvest, prep and tidy new beds on your vegetable gardens

Tell us your favourite seasonal vegetables for the kitchen during the winter months?

Leeks, Sprouts, Jerusalem Artichoke, Celeriac, Parsnips.

Any final tips for keeping the gardens in top condition during the colder months?

  • Plant fruit trees/roses/hedges and ornamental trees – the roots will establish over the winter months
  • Remove all leaves from water features – this prevents algae forming and discolouring water
  • Leave an area for wildlife – let the wild things grow
  • Plant bulbs ready for spring flowering including: Snowdrops, Daffodils and Bluebells

We hope the top tips and advice from Chris has inspired you to get out in your gardens this winter! Happy gardening…