Covering up for Christmas – Winter Gardening Tips from the Skinny Jean Gardener

Alongside his Family Fun series, the Skinny Jean Gardener will be sharing his secret garden saviours with tips and tricks to get your garden looking its best.

This week’s winter gardening tips are for the gardener who puts their flower beds to bed, and their allotment to sleep for the winter.

Weeds. I hate them, and if you’re not gardening as often in the winter, they will be sure to take over leaving you a whole lot of weeding to start in the new year. But I have a winter gardening tip to minimise your weeding work!

You will need:

Cardboard boxes, compost or soil and a spade.

Let’s begin….

  1. First, break up your cardboard boxes into flat pieces to fit around your prized flower beds.

  2. Lightly weed the area you are going to cover (no need to go too crazy as this job will put rest to them anyway).

  3. Place the cardboard over the flower or allotment beds and ensure all is covered.

  4. Cover the cardboard with soil or compost.

This will keep your beds toasty warm in the winter stop those pesky weeds going wild until spring. When the weather starts to warm up and you are ready to tackle the garden again, just remove and recycle the cardboard. Alternatively, if it's decomposed enough, dig it into the soil.

For more winter gardening tips and hints check out our other posts here.

The Skinny Jean Gardener, Lee Connelly, brings family and friends together in the garden with his fun podcasts and videos on social media.Skinny Jean Gardener Bio

Lee is proud to have featured on Blue Peter, BBC Radio 1 and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch. He has created a kitchen garden for TV presenter Jimmy Doherty, built a garden taxi for Kew Gardens Grow Wild Project and designed a show garden for the International Gardening World Cup in Japan.

You can listen to the Skinny Jean Gardener Podcast, sponsored by STIHL, every Friday morning from 6am. Visit for more.

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