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10 Essentials for Winter Gardening

While much of our focus in winter might shift towards preparing for the upcoming spring season, the colder months also offer unique opportunities for cultivation. In this guide, we'll delve into the indispensable tools and essentials that can elevate your winter gardening experience, ensuring that your garden thrives even in the midst of colder temperatures.

The right kit will save you time and improve your results. To help, we've curated the 10 key additions we think you should consider for this season.

1. Winter Touch Gloves

A gloved gardener carries firewood


Winter guarantees cold and wet weather. Too often, garden gloves are designed for brighter weather, but our winter touch gloves make sure that even in harsh conditions your hands stay warm and dry.

So many tough garden jobs, like digging trenches or pruning trees, are so much harder when your fingers are freezing. Winter touch gloves are made with a thermal lining that traps heat, keeping your hands warm and comfortable. Plus they have a breathable lining that keeps your hands dry even in heavy rain. The excellent quality leather also makes them extremely durable, so they will serve you well for many winters to come. When you first wear them they will be a snug fit, and will gradually stretch to be the perfect fit for your hands.

They have proved very popular with the gardeners that have shopped with us; here’s what they have to say:

“Good value, warm and strong. Great fit too.” - Trusted Customer

“The gloves were a gift for my father and he loves these gloves. Comfortable, practical and hard wearing. This is his second pair (the last pair he had for years) and he asked for them again as they have been so good.” - Trusted Customer

“Very good service, very helpful & great quality gloves.” - Trusted Customer

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2. Niwaki Ladders

In recent years, our Niwaki ladder has proven indispensable for winter gardening, offering key advantages, particularly for winter pruning. Its triangular design and three-legged structure provide exceptional stability, crucial for navigating uneven ground and allows you to get right up close to the plants you are pruning. Some common plants that benefit from winter pruning include apple and pear trees as well as wisteria

The leaning ability of a tripod ladder is especially beneficial for winter pruning, as it enables users to reach and trim branches that might be challenging to access with traditional straight ladders. The ladder's stability and secure design enhance overall safety, a crucial factor when working at heights in challenging winter conditions. In essence, a Niwaki ladder proves to be a versatile and essential tool for winter gardening, with a particular focus on its assistance in the precision and safety of winter pruning.

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3. Garden Border Fork

A garden for embedded in the ground

Important all-year-round, the garden fork is crucial for tidying up and preparing your garden for Spring. Although you probably already have one, you may be due for an upgrade. Ours are crafted from a steel 82% stronger than the British standard, ideal if, like us, you are a gardener who values longevity in your kit. Additionally, the border fork is smaller, making it perfect if you find your garden fork too heavy for more delicate jobs.

You can use your new border fork in so many ways, but for us, the three most important tasks it can complete in winter are:

Soil Aeration: Aeration is crucial to improving the overall health of the soil by enhancing air, water, and nutrient circulation to plant roots. This is particularly important after the summer and autumn, as soil can become compacted over time.

Preparing Soil: Breaking up the soil and removing debris with a garden fork is essential for creating an optimal planting environment in spring. Proper soil preparation sets the stage for successful plant growth.

Turning Compost: Mixing compost is necessary during winter, as it helps add the air required to speed up the composting process. This fork is also superb at forking in manure in difficult to reach parts of the garden, especially your beds and borders.

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4. Galvanised Seed Tin

For much of winter it can be difficult to get into the garden. With all the rain and the cold snaps, it's much easier to sit in the comfort of our home, possibly by a roaring fire and a cup of tea.

But that doesn't mean you have to completely abandon your gardening. These cold miserable days are the best opportunities to organise and decide on the seeds you will plant throughout the year. Once your varieties are chosen, you can then begin to plan where and when to sow each of them. A great way of organising your seeds is with a specially designed seed tin.

If you're itching to get growing, try growing varieties of chillis, peppers and tomatoes that can be grown indoors on a warm, bright windowsill. We have 6 varieties of Italian chilli & pepper seeds and over 10 tomato varieties to get your taste buds popping.

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5. Rose Pruners

A gardener cuts a rose stem with a pruner

Rose pruners are indispensable tools in winter gardening. Pruning roses during the winter is crucial for their overall health; trimming away dead or diseased wood prevents nasty fungal diseases that love to sneak in during the chilly, damp winter days. Winter is a great time, before your roses start showing new shoots.

In addition to disease prevention, Giving them a good trim in winter encourages fresh growth when spring rolls around. Removing spent limbs directs the plant's energy towards new shoots.

Nobody wants a messy, unruly rose bush. Proper pruning helps maintain the shape and size of rose bushes, preventing them from becoming overly dense or leggy. Well-maintained rose plants not only look better but also let more sunlight in for even growth and blooming.

When using rose pruners, it's crucial to make clean cuts at a 45-degree angle just above an outward-facing bud. This technique encourages outward growth and prevents the development of crowded, tangled branches.

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6. Tough Touch Gloves

Whilst you’re pruning your roses, you may want a bit of extra protection from those nasty thorns, especially if you’re having to thread your way through stems and behind leaves. Don’t chance a cut or snagged gloves, our deer-grain leather gardening gloves prepare you for the task ahead.

With excellent quality leather and long suede cuffs, our gauntlets provide the utmost protection from the prickliest of customers whilst not compromising on dexterity.

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7. Mini Bypass Lopper

A gardener chops a branch using a lopper.

When faced with the challenge of larger shrubs or smaller branches, you might find a regular hand pruner lacking. Plus it could cause you discomfort. Fortunately we have the solution, the mini bypass lopper does exactly what it says on the tin. It lops off weakened or diseased thick stems and thin branches.

Designed with compact efficiency in mind, these loppers are your ticket to manoeuvring those hard-to-reach areas. Forget about the struggle of wielding a saw; the mini bypass lopper simplifies the task, allowing you to save both time and strain.

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8. Blade Edge Sharpener

A gardener sharpens a secateur

A blade edge sharpener proves invaluable for winter gardening tasks for several reasons. Firstly, by sharpening essential tools like pruners and shears, it enhances the precision of pruning during the dormant season. This is crucial for promoting plant health and minimising damage.

Subsequently, safety is enhanced by the reduced force needed to operate tools with sharp blades, particularly important during winter when slippery surfaces increase the risk of accidents.

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9. Kitchen Garden Cloche

Seedlings under a long plastic cloche

Cloches create a microclimate around plants by trapping and retaining heat from the sun during the day, preventing frost damage and enabling plants to thrive in cooler temperatures at night. Its use extends beyond frost protection to early planting, allowing gardeners to start planting sooner - perfect if you're itching to get growing.

Additionally, the garden cloche provides an effective shield against the harsh effects of winter winds, reducing the risk of desiccation by preserving moisture around the plants. The cloche also acts as a physical barrier to pests, keeping them at bay and protecting plants during the winter months. The long shape of our kitchen garden cloche makes it perfect for protecting a row of seedlings at the start of the season.

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10. Soil Thermometer

A soil thermometer embedded in the ground


Soil temperature monitoring plays a key role in determining the right timing for winter planting, especially for cold-hardy crops. By planting at the appropriate time, gardeners can maximise the success of winter crops. Furthermore, the Soil Thermometer helps prevent premature spring planting by ensuring that even if air temperatures rise, the soil is adequately warmed for planting, avoiding potential harm to emerging plants.

Additionally, Monitoring soil temperature in winter is crucial for protecting plants. Understanding the soil temperature enables gardeners to apply measures like additional mulch and frost cloth, providing insulation and safeguarding plants from potential frost damage and cold stress. This proactive approach is vital in maintaining optimal conditions for plant health.

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We hope you find what you need from the selection above, but you can also browse our winter garden collection for more winter gardening essentials.


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