Ornamental apples, firethorn and other ornamental fruit trees delight with their bright red berries. Various types of dogwood are presented with colored bark and set accents in autumn and winter. Enjoy these hardy plants on the balcony and in the garden. You can still plant all the shrubs and experience the changing of the seasons.
To protect against frost, you can pile your roses up with leaves, compost, or mulch. Ideally, this insulating layer is 10 to 15 cm high and is not removed until March. This precautionary measure is particularly recommended for freshly planted rose plants. Read more about winter protection here.
Make sure there is sufficient soil moisture. It is particularly important that cherry laurel and bamboo are watered during phases with little precipitation and lots of sun. The evergreen trees evaporate water and without support, drought damage can occur in winter. The water requirement depends very much on the location and the age of the plants. Freshly planted shrubs have developed even fewer roots and therefore require more intensive care.
Only remove large amounts of foliage from the garden. Some leaves can remain between perennials and shrubs and thus serve as natural protection against frost. In this way, you also promote soil life and help many beneficial insects to overwinter in your garden. Leaves infected with fungal diseases are disposed of with household waste.
Flower bulbs can still be planted. In loose, humus-rich soil, the bulbs quickly form roots and delight with rich blooms in spring. Do you know the special mixtures for bees and butterflies or the variety of ornamental onions?
Even in winter you don’t have to go without flowers. With the right choice of plants, you can enjoy bright colors and a fine fragrance despite the low temperatures. Read more about this in our blog «Blooming trees and shrubs in winter».
You can still plant all fruit plants. With sufficient soil moisture, the vitamin donors quickly form new roots and have a head start on growth in the coming spring.
Check your stored fruit regularly. Pears and many apple varieties are ready to eat after just a few weeks. Whether you enjoy the vitamin-rich delicacies raw or processed into apple sauce, apple pie, baked apples and much more is up to you.
With a white coat you protect your fruit trees from frost cracks. These are mainly caused by large temperature fluctuations between day and night.
Remove all fallen fruit and the so-called fruit mummies in the fruit trees. This care measure prevents pests from overwintering.
In the event of prolonged drought, freshly planted fruit trees must be watered. With 10 to 20 liters per tree, you ensure rapid growth and prevent damage caused by drought. The water requirement depends on the precipitation and the soil conditions. Light sandy soils can store less water, so adding compost helps to improve the soil.
The kiwi is now ready to be harvested. Small-fruited varieties can be eaten immediately after harvest. Large specimens should ideally be stored at 10 °C and after 4 to 6 weeks the fruits will be soft and ready to eat.
Rhubarb that has grown too big can now be divided in autumn. Cut off a section with a spade and plant it in a new location. In general, a mulch layer with compost is an ideal winter protection and helpful as a slow-acting fertilizer.
Protect your trellis fruit with brushwood or fleece against the winter sun. This minimizes direct radiation and prevents damage to the bark. This measure is also recommended for kiwi and table grapes in rough locations.
Herb and vegetable garden
Enjoy the valuable vitamins of the aromatic winter vegetables. In addition to leeks, Brussels sprouts, savoy cabbage and kale , fresh herbs provide important ingredients. Sliced celery and sorrel refine soups and stews and add a special flavor to salads.
Late radishes, parsnips, Jerusalem artichoke, horseradish and salsify are harvested when needed. You should only harvest the root vegetables and store frost-free before a long-lasting frost.
Sow cress now and after just a few days you will be able to harvest the healthy source of vitamins, which is also ideal for children. The young gardeners learn quickly and easily how a plant grows from a seed. Cress tastes good in salads, quark and on butter or cream cheese bread.
You can cover harvested beds with a thin layer of compost. The soil is protected and the soil structure is significantly improved. Complete digging is only necessary on heavy soils.
balcony and terrace
You can enchantingly decorate balconies, terraces and house entrances with fairy lights and light tubes. You can create a festive atmosphere in no time at all and bring light into the dark season.
Balcony boxes can be tastefully planted with Christmas roses, cloudberries, small conifers, ivy and snow heather. The hardy plants give your home a special charm and make the balcony and house entrance appear well-groomed.
Start feeding the wild birds. The feathered friends are already looking for food in November. With regular small amounts of food, you get the birds used to the feeding station. Buy wild bird feed now.
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Shrubs in tubs need frost protection. It is important that the pot does not stand directly on the ground and that you ensure that the water can drain away, otherwise the pots could freeze and shatter. With a special pot cover, you can protect your valuable pots and get the plants through the winter in the best possible way. Read more interesting facts about winter protection here.
Frost-sensitive potted plants are sheltered in the winter quarters. Ventilate the winter quarters regularly to prevent fungal diseases and water depending on the plant species, the size of the root ball and the room temperature. Complete drying out should be avoided, but the need for water is now greatly reduced.
Use protective hoods for your garden furniture, your furniture will get through the winter well packed.
It is best to turn off external water pipes now. This will prevent unnecessary damage from frost.
Watch out for snail clutches when working in the garden. The best way to minimize slug infestation is to remove these slug eggs.
Check the glue rings regularly. To prevent winter moths from getting over the traps, they may have to remove the leaves on the glue rings.
When infested with apple scab, it is important that you remove the foliage. This is how you interrupt the chain of infection and prevent new infestations.
Whitefly on houseplants and potted plants can be minimized with yellow panels.
Hang up nest boxes now. Many wild birds use this retreat in winter when the weather is inhospitable. In the coming spring, the birds are used to the places and nest to reproduce.
Hedgehog houses as well as leaves and sawn timber offer hedgehogs, lizards and slowworms a shelter for the winter. The beneficial insects feel comfortable in your garden and help to minimize snails and unwanted insects. Promote the natural balance in your garden and give ladybugs and lacewings a home with insect hotels.
Decorate your home with a colorful poinsettia or use fir branches for decoration. Whether as a standard tree, a magnificent solitaire or a small table decoration, you can create an atmospheric atmosphere with the classic. Read more about this in our blog «Atmospheric Advent with poinsettias».
Pamper your orchids with special care. With orchid leaf care you promote the leaf color and vitality of indoor plants. Natural humic substances together with minerals and trace elements have a positive effect on the plant and thus on growth and flowering.
Promote the humidity and spray your green plants regularly with low-lime water. Many plants from tropical areas suffer, especially when the air from the heating is dry.
Azalea, amaryllis and cyclamen are in season now. Above all, the amaryllis care succeeds without much effort. Treat yourself to some variety for your home with the magnificent flowering plants. Or make others happy with it, also ideal for tasteful decorations with seasonal accessories. They are particularly easy to care for! Learn more in the Amaryllis in Wax blog post. Without much effort, the bulbous plants are decorative and unique in their bloom for weeks.
Regularly fish off dead plant parts and autumn leaves on your pond. If there is too much organic material, the water quality suffers.
Remove filters and pond pumps before the first frost and store them in a frost-free bucket with water. Pumps that are stored dry break down more quickly and the plastic seals become brittle and porous.
Frost- sensitive pond plants must now be removed from the pond and stored in a bright and frost-free place over the winter.
Fish are no longer fed.
Grasses and cattails are used for gas exchange in winter and are only cut back in spring.
Mow your lawn for the last time before the first frost. Leaves and other organic materials are collected automatically. So your green can get through the winter in the best possible way.
Does your lawn have too much weed growth? To be on the safe side, have the pH of your soil checked. If the pH value is too low, natural lime can help. November to February is the ideal time to apply lime to the lawn. This effectively improves soil quality and nutrient uptake.
After the last mowing, it is important that you give your lawn mower a thorough cleaning. If necessary, you can have the blades sharpened right away, so the mower is ready to start again in the spring.