Redoing a garden. In winter. In Switzerland.
December 8, 2013 10:54 AM Subscribe
We moved to Zurich earlier this year. Our apartment has a couple of balconies, both with raised gardens around the edges. When we moved in, they had been untouched for months and are full of scrubby things and stumps. I want to spend winter (while the ground isn't frozen) cleaning them out for spring, as well as preparing the rest of the garden for potentially heavy snow.
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There are a few herbs. I don't know the first thing about preparing a garden for "real" winter, being from mild New Zealand. I have rosemary, lavender, thyme, a fairly delicate flowering creeper and a nice orange broom that I want to keep. Do they need to be covered somehow? What's the best way?
Also, to remove stumps from a raised garden, what's a good approach? The gardens are about 40-50cm front to back, and maybe 2m long and 1m deep (although the soil may not go right down). I have room to put down a tarp to contain the soil if need be, and I live right next door to a garden centre, but I don't have an easy way to dispose of garden rubbish. The stumps are maybe 10cm across on average, nothing too huge, but the roots will probably spread the length of the gardens. I can take photos in daylight (it's 8pm now) if that will help.