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Winter the best time for garden planning, claims writer

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The winter chill may be enough put a whole nation off reaching for their trowels and plant pots, but there's no better time than December to do some serious garden planning.

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The winter chill may be enough put a whole nation off reaching for their trowels and plant pots, but there's no better time than December to do some serious garden planning. This is the view of heraldextra.com writer Joe Lamp'l, who believes winter is ideal for putting down the gardening tools to rest, reflect and plan for future developments. Mr Lamp'l's tips included growing herbs outdoors during winter and making the most of seed catalogues. He also urged home-owners to take a long, hard look at their space and consider what could be done in the near future. The writer, also the host of 'Growing a Greener World' on digital channel PBS, claimed winter was the time of the year when a landscape opens up and a garden's "true bones and structure are revealed. "Open your perspective to a wider vista and you will notice things you like - or things that don't seem in harmony with your desired look. In either case, you will learn much if you allow yourself the time to sit quietly and take it all in," he added. Some may use this opportunity to take a look around their wilting patches or dated furniture, although others could look at vacant space and see room for big plans - possibly including the construction of a garden office. On the other hand, there are expected to be a few dedicated horticulturists braving the cold over Christmas. For these groups, delawareonline.com advised gardeners to bring all true-tender flowers indoors, water any new plants before the ground freezes and use the opportunity to clean up all vegetable patches in preparation for warmer temperatures.

Author:

Richard Towey

3rd January 2012