Winter is coming...and you probably already had your first winter frost on the balcony or the garden? Here are some advice for you and most importantly your plants!
Some plants will love your living room
Perennial plants can be be brought indoor & spend winter with you in your cosy living room. You should definitely move indoor your frost sensitive fruit trees such as Lemon or Orange Tree. If you did grow some peppers this summer, same here, you can welcome them inside. Placed near a window providing a good light, they will spend a wonderful winter!
Don't panic if they start losing some leaves, this is a normal process. Water them regularly, and apply some Nitrogen & Potassium organic fertiliser every month.
What about the other plants outside?
If you are growing autumn & winter varieties such as spinach, winter lettuce, turnips, mizuna, fennel, kale, cauliflower or broccoli, don't worry they are all tolerant to frost. However, give them the right spot on your balcony. It would be great to avoid places where they would be exposed to cold winds and if it's snowing, it will better to place them under a ceiling. Usually, placing your pots close to one of your walls outside is a good idea, this spot will be warmer!
Wintering veils : a cheap and easy solution
These white veils are an effective solution to protect your plants from frost. Simply put the veil on your plants and all around their pots until the bottom. This veil will avoid frost from developing directly on the leaves and the stems. Easy & cheap!
The right pots at the right time
Some pots or containers are coming along with lids or plastic covers. In my opinion, there are a great solution against frost. I've been using them for a long time now and they will protect your plants from light frost. But you can also have DIY solutions by reusing plastic cups from grocery store. Simply make a few little holes on them and place the cups upside down on the plant.
I wish you all (yourself & your plants) to have a wonderful winter season. Definitely a challenging one for gardening, but every season has its own charm & beauty, embrace it, enjoy it!