Winter in the Bayless Garden

Perennial garden

Snowfall can be a big benefit in an urban garden. Perennials, trees and shrubs really stand out with a backdrop of white powder. Plants also can benefit from the wind protection and soil temperature stabilization provided by a thick covering of snow.

 

Winter containers and a wooded view

Winter containers and a wooded view

Snow cover also provides a chance for gathering valuable information about your garden. Animal tracks are easy to follow and, with a little educated guessing or a field guide, easy to identify. It is amazing how much one can learn about animal activity in the garden in winter.
Even without snow, below freezing temperatures have a beneficial effect on soil. Market gardeners in the 19th century would mound up soil in growing beds each winter to expose the soil to the beneficial effects of freezing and thawing on soil texture. In the spring the mounds would be raked smooth, leaving a bed in perfect tilth for spring planting.
Go outside and observe your garden and your soil!