Winter Wonderland? 3 Ways To Stay Warm While Gardening In Winter

Posted on: 3 March 2018

Sure, the growing season is technically over for most plants and the snows show no sign of stopping any time soon, but a dedicated gardener has work to do in their backyard even in the chilliest temperatures. Delicious root veggies like turnips and radishes can thrive in winter, cool season grasses need to be fertilized, and deciduous plants should be pruned int he winter for a healthy spring growing season.

But how can you tend to your garden in the winter without becoming an ice sculpture yourself? If you're looking for a few ways to stay warm while gardening in winter, then here's what you need to know.

Hot Packs

Also referred to as hand warmers, hot packs are tiny little packets of heat that can get warm nearly instantly and stay warm for anywhere from a half-hour to a day. You don't have to use hand warmers for just your hands, however; these packets can be put in your boots to heat your feet, strapped to your back with elastic to warm your kidneys (since your blood has to flow through them), even in your underwear (top or bottom), so long as you avoid direct contact with your skin.

Eat Up

Sure, a nice, warm bowl of oatmeal or porridge will help you to feel toastier even in cold conditions, but eating before you go out to garden can actually keep you warmer no matter the temperature of food you consumed. Healthy fats can help rev up your metabolism, which heats up your body in order to burn the nutrients.

So before you go harvest your cold-weather veggies, make yourself a nice meal with a bit of healthy fat in it (like from nuts or salmon), and your body will thank you for the added heat

End Protection

You can have your arms, legs, neck, and torso wrapped up as warmly as you wish, but until you cover your ends — that is, your head and your feet — you're going to lose a lot of body heat that your system works hard to produce. While it's not true that your head (and feet) lose a disproportionate amount of head compared to the rest of your body, it is true that humans tend to wear lots of clothing around every area but the head, thus exposing the area and losing heat through it.

Make sure to protect your ends by wearing a warm hat (preferably, one that protects your ears and neck) and by investing in a nice pair of woolen socks to go inside your winter boots to keep your toes from gong numb. Contact a company, like Renewal Products LLP, for more help.