Now it’s time to say goodbye to the garden, the lush harvest and outdoor life. But before we finally close the garden door, one last time is spit into our hands to make the garden winter-proof!
1. Clean and maintain garden tools
Our garden tools provide us with faithful services all year round – they drill into loamy soil, help us use the young plants or loosen up the soil in between.
Before they say goodbye to the winter break, they should be cleared of dirt and cleaned with a brush and some water. I have been using Gardena devices for many years. The great advantage of the combisystem: the attachments can be replaced and removed quickly and easily.
Actually, you only need one or two stems. In the garden hut I have a special tool bar, where the different attachments now spend the winter in a flash. I also cleaned my garden scissors with a damp cloth and then treated it with the care spray. This protects against rust and keeps the blade sharp for a long time.
2. Protect frost-sensitive plants
In the garden there are not only one-year-old vegetable plants, but also potted plants such as hydrangeas, oleanders or frost-sensitive herbs such as rosemary and lemon verbena. These need winter protection to get through the cold season unscathed. In particularly cold regions it is recommended to set up a winter camp in the basement or cool hallway.
Over the large potted plants I put a garden fleece and tie it well at the bottom with a string. It is important that you leave a place to water. If the weather report has announced particularly strong frost, I also put a few discarded blankets or bed sheets on my plants. Safe is safe!
3. Empty beds and sow green fertilization
With us, vegetable plants such as tomatoes, peppers or chilli are only one year old, as they cannot tolerate the cold. Therefore, they are now taken out of the beds and migrate to the compost heap. But not everything has to give way: flowers such as cosmeen or marigolds may stand still, because the seeds are a treat for the birds.
The mostly bare vegetable beds do not look very nice and the empty bed is not conducive to soil quality either. That is why green fertilizations is now being applied! Phacelia, mustard, lupins or clover are well suited for this. The advantages of green fertilization:
- The floor is loosened and ventilated.
- Over the winter, green fertilizations binds valuable nutrients such as nitrate, potassium and calcium for sowing next year.
- Minerals are brought from deeper soil layers into the upper layers.
- The plant residues are incorporated into the soil in spring and additionally supply the soil with nutrients.
4. Planting piles of foliage
If you want to have a well-maintained lawn, you should remove the foliage better. But please do not approach with the vacuum cleaner or wind. In the near-natural garden, the leaves are drawn and the leaves migrate to a heap in which hedgehogs and other small animals are allowed to retreat over the winter. Put a few more branches on the pile so that the foliage is not blown away.
5. Spring bloomers set
We are currently wintering the garden, but next spring is already in the starting blocks! In order to start to bloom again from March, it is now time to get to the flower bulbs: tulips, crocuses, Easter bells or grape hyacinths come underground before the first frost. Detailed instructions can be found here.
6. Drain water
So that your water cans do not be damaged, it is time to drain the water completely, scrub the ton cleanly and set it up in such a way that rainwater can no longer be absorbed by it. The garden hose is also completely emptied, rolled up and brought to the garden hut. Watering cans migrate and if you have a faucet, it will also be shut down until spring.
7. Covering or clearing furniture
Now that the outdoor furniture is not needed for a few months, it is better not to expose them to the winter weather. To ensure that they are preserved for as long as possible and do not lose their colour, the wood does not weather or even rust on the chairs, you can cover your garden furniture or also bring it to the winter camp.
8. Cleaning up the garden foliage
In the spring, the gardening tasks overwhelm each other and one is glad, if one then finds the arbor in a well-groomed and tidy condition. So clean up everything picobello, take the food home with you. Clean the hut and enjoy one last freshly brewed coffee in the garden before the door closes for the coming months.