3 ways you can nurture your green thumb in the winter

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The days may be colder and the sun may hide behind the clouds, but that doesn’t have to spell the end of your gardening days.

In fact, there are several ways you can keep up with gardening even in the winter months.

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From getting crafty with the growing season to switching what you grow, here are a few methods you can use to continue to nurture your green thumb.

Use a greenhouse to grow more for longer

Having a greenhouse makes summer gardening possible in the winter months. According to HowStuffWorks, you can use tent-esque, do-it-yourself versions with PVC or metal pipe frames covered in UV-resistant greenhouse plastic. That way, you won’t break the bank. Still, if you want to invest in something that will last from season to season, you can find those at your local garden supply store.

Bring the garden indoors

One of the easiest ways to keep gardening in the winter is to bring the garden inside.

Garden Design reported growing bulbs such as amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus can allow you to get your hands dirty and brighten up your home. If it’s too late to buy them, you can cut budded branches of crabapple and witch hazel and take them indoors to flower.

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Grow vegetables

You may enjoy having a lovely flowerbed outside your home, but there’s nothing wrong with giving produce a try.

Root vegetables such as garlic and radishes do well in the winter along with kale and cauliflower, according to Martha Stewart. Just be sure to pay attention to when you plant them to ensure they flourish.

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