In this post, we’ve shared some tips for winter gardening. Read on to know more.
When garden plants take their breather in winter, the gardener still cannot put his hands in his lap. On the contrary, important maintenance work is on the program as long as there is no freezing permafrost.
Pruning bushes and trees – this is what you should pay attention to
In winter, garden shears and loppers are constantly used to cut all kinds of trees into shape. Apart from spring-blooming ornamental shrubs and cut-sensitive rhododendrons, pruning in winter promotes vitality and flowering. So that the wintry shape and maintenance cut succeed, please pay attention to the following tips:
- It’s not colder than – 2 degrees Celsius
- The wood is ideally dry or just slightly damp
- Blades and cutting blades are sharp and disinfected with alcohol
- Smooth the edges of more significant cuts and coat them thinly with wound paste
The best shape and maintenance cut cannot prevent snow breakage. From a height of 10 cm, the white splendor of bushes, trees, and hedges should be removed. At the latest, when the branches bend under a thick blanket of snow, they should be relieved of their burden so that they do not break. Tree paint protects against the winter sun.
When the sun’s rays hit tree trunks in severe frost, cracks in the bark are inevitable. Diseases and pests have been waiting for this opportunity. With a unique white coating, you can prevent fatal damage. Thanks to the light color, sun rays are reflected. The bark heats up more slowly, so it doesn’t tear.
Put on a winter coat for potted plants – this is how it works
In pot culture, hardy perennials lose their tolerance to frost considerably. The low substrate volume and the exposed position behind thin vessel walls make a root ball vulnerable to frost.
So that potted plants survive the winter healthy and happy, the following protection
- Place pots in a niche protected from wind and rain
- Use insulating materials such as wooden blocks or Styrofoam sheets as a base
- Wrap the tubs with bubble wrap, jute ribbons, or winter fleece
- Apply a thick coating of wood wool or fall leaves on the substrate. If the pot diameter is less than 30 cm, all winter protection measures will come to nothing. So please move small buckets into the frost-free, light winter quarters.
Water in the bed and the bucket when it is cold-fighting the stress of drought.
Winter plant death is rarely due to frost and snow. Instead, drought stress is the most common cause of dead perennials and woody plants after winter. Radiantly beautiful winter weather with blue skies, severe frost, and a lack of snow cover will make your plants die of thirst in the bed and tub. Primarily evergreen plants do not survive this strain. You should, therefore, water regularly in freezing weather in winter.
Have you decided on a living garden fence made from shrubs? Then between November and March is the proper planting time for bare-root trees. In contrast to container goods, bare-root young plants are significantly cheaper, which positively affects the budget when designing a meter-long enclosure.
How to properly fertilize your garden – tips for the ideal supply of nutrients
In a humus garden soil, billions of busy microorganisms mobilize the nutrients in it so that your vegetable and ornamental plants thrive splendidly. Only when the subsequent delivery from this process comes to a standstill, fertilizers compensate for the deficiency. Organic fertilizers are very popular in near-natural home gardens because nobody likes to expose their health to the unpredictability of chemical mineral fertilizers.
Soil analysis provides information about the nutrient requirement
Deficiency symptoms in plants or the lawn are only an indication that the ecological balance of the soil has become imbalanced. This can be either an oversupply or an undersupply of nutrients. By taking soil samples at 5 to 10 places at 3-year intervals and having them analyzed in a unique laboratory, you can determine whether and in what form fertilization is to be carried out.
Properly fertilize with compost – this is how it works
In the vegetation phase, there is a lot of activity among the soil organisms in the garden soil. Nutrients in the ground must be processed by microorganisms so that they are available for your plants. By fertilizing organically at this time, you feed the busy helpers in the background so that they don’t run out of breath at peak times. The ideal food for worms, insects, bacteria, and colleagues is compost. It is straightforward to fertilize properly with this all-purpose weapon:
- Dig up the earth in autumn and incorporate 5 liters of compost per square meter
- Spread ripe compost on the ground from March to August
- Gently work in 3 to 5 liters per square meter with the rake
- Then sprinkle with water or nettle manure
- You don’t have to cultivate your compost heap. You can buy ready-made compost packaged in sacks from specialist retailers or the local composting facility.
Organic fertilizers for the home garden – a brief overview
In addition to garden compost, you have other options for an ecological nutrient supply. The following list introduces you to tried and tested natural fertilizers:
Horn shavings: (32.93 € at Amazon *) rich in nitrogen, ideal as a supplement to compost with 100 to 300 grams per square meter
Green manure: sow in autumn, mow and dig in spring
Horse manure and stable waste: valuable, natural nitrogen sources as an
alternative to compost
Plants in pots do not have to do without the advantages of organic fertilizers. Thanks to its liquid form, self-made herbal manure from nettle and comfrey leaves can be administered without any problems. Dilute the liquid waste with water in a ratio of 1:10 and apply the solution directly to the substrate every 2 to 3 weeks from March to August.
You are also making a massive contribution to preserving the environment with every
sack of peat-containing potting soil that you carelessly leave in the garden center. For
more than 60 years, the misconception of the miracle cure peat as a soil additive has
persisted. Since then, more than 90 percent of irretrievable moorlands have been
destroyed. You can keep the growth of your plants in the vegetable and perennial garden
going better with renewable peat substitutes such as coconut fibers, wood fibers, or bark