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Old 17.06.2011, 17:33
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Gardening tips needed

So, I have a little housing problem.

I was luckily born and raised in a family with farms/gardens, even though we lived in the city center. I learnt a lot from my beloved grandparents about flowers and trees, and meadows, etc. I learn how to protect stuff from sea water, extreme heat and extreme rain (and both at the same time).

I saw snow for the first time in my life when I was 24 years old, though (and still find it a very very odd and scary thing).

Three years ago I had my first contact with balcony plants and snow. It did not go well. I was an idiot to leave the gardenias outside in October and in one night we got 40 cm of snow. They did not survive.

This year I managed to make the new gardenias survive by bringing them inside the house, but they suffered quite a lot and one of them is a bit... hmmm... tipsy (and they stink).

I'm going to get my first very own garden this winter, which I can't take inside the house... I am panicking, since I know frozen ground is deadly for plants. And I'm scared of snow.

I'd like to ask advises from fellow EF with experience for tips.

Plants inside the garden:

- meadow
- lavender bushes
- whole bunch of tiny cypress
- birch tree

Some of the questions:

1. Should I water the plants in winter/fall (when there is no snow)? If not, when should I stop/re-start watering them?
2. Do I need to "bag" the cypress? It's a whole fence of them
3. Do I need to do anything special when snow has melted away?

Thank you for your insights!

P.S.: I did use the search function but got only offers on free garden stuff and people asking for gardeners
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Old 17.06.2011, 17:42
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Re: Gardening tips needed

The cypress do well outside the whole winter, you don't have to worry about them. Lavender, the same. The only thing you have to do with the birch tree is rake the leaves in autumn (a pain in the arse, if I might say so). You shouldn't water the garden in the winter. You should do your pruning in spring and autumn, although my roses don't mind it in early winter. You'll have a lot of fun learning. Enjoy.
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Old 17.06.2011, 17:45
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Disclaimer: I am no professional gardener and I might be talking nonsense. Feel free to correct me. I do however, have a bit of a green thumb
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Re: Gardening tips needed

Thank you nuriamuina! I am really excited about it! I had gardens my whole life, so I dearly missed them since I moved out of my parents home. I hope I learn quickly, and without mass murdering of my poor plants

One last question though: I do understand I shouldn't water in winter, but when do I know it's a good time to stop? When temperature falls under 5°C? Or just before the first snow?

Thank you again
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To tell you the truth, in my case it really depends on the weather. If we have a warm autumn, then plants might need some water, but since days are getting shorter and the sun is not so hot anyway, they don't need much. Look at the plants, when they are thirsty, they look it. And see if the soil is too dry. I wouldn't worry, with your experience you'll develope a sixth sense for it in no time.
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