Storing flower bulbs: tips for storage

Storing flower bulbs: tips for storage

The mulch layer protects the soil from moisture loss and washout caused by rain and provides it with humus.

Before mulching, however, you should sprinkle the ground with horn shavings, advises the specialist magazine "My beautiful garden", "because the decomposition processes in the nutrient-poor mulch layer bind a lot of nitrogen".

Plants: More power through pruning in May

In May you can ensure that certain perennials, such as phlox or delphinium, bloom longer in summer. Therefore "spit out" The plants in the first half of the month: snap off about a third of the shoots. As a result, the perennials bloom a little later, they become more stable and their growth becomes fuller.

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Remove wild shoots from roses

Caring for roses is also part of gardening in May. Many varieties develop wild shoots this month, which you should remove directly from the trunk so that they do not sprout again. You should also make sure in May that your roses are not infested with the dreaded black starch. If the rose disease, which can be recognized by irregularly shaped gray-black spots, becomes noticeable, it should be treated immediately with fungicides.

Spring shrubs are a real ornament for every flowerbed. But how do you actually plant the perennials correctly, and what should you watch out for? The following garden design tips could help you choose the right spring perennials.

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Beautiful spring perennials in the flowerbed

More and more gardeners are choosing spring perennials for planting their flower beds, such as liverworts, fragrant violets or adonis florets. Plants such as hunger flowers or pasque flowers and numerous other perennial plants also belong to the spring shrubs, each of which thrives in very different locations. In contrast to spring bulb flowers, the majority of spring perennials remain attractive for much longer because the leaves do not move in immediately after flowering. (Spring Shrubs: How To Design Your Flowerbed)

How to properly plant spring perennials in the flower bed

Choose neither too few nor too large spring shrubs for your flowerbed. A quantity of three to five pieces each, which are planted together in a small area, is perfect. Combine the plants either all in the same shade or in a colorful mix of colors to add a little variety to the bed. Plants of different heights also make for a nice arrangement.

Tip: If you do not have a large garden to create flower beds or only have a terrace or balcony, you can also plant the spring perennials in tubs or flower boxes. (Storing flower bulbs: tips for storage) Cut lawn edges with grass shears

Furtwangen in the Black Forest (dpa / tmn) – In times of Corona, some people think carefully about what they want to take in their hands. The smartphone is definitely one of them. They even hold it to their face. But isn’t that kind of unhygienic?

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The good news in advance: "The cell phone is not a spinner"says Markus Egert, professor of microbiology and hygiene at Furtwangen Compared to the number of germs on human hands, the germ load on cell phones is negligible.

"Modern smartphones in particular are super dry and slippery, so only a few germs can stick to them", explains Egert. They also find little to eat and therefore hardly reproduce. On the other hand, the germ load is higher in old push-button telephones.


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Condition and use can influence the germ count

Users have an impact on how many germs there are on the phone. "The surface of the smartphone is a reflection of its user", says Sebastian Klöß from the Bitkom industry association.

Those who rarely wash their hands, use their smartphones while eating and on the toilet transfer significantly more germs to their device than those who do not do all of this.

The condition of the smartphone also has an impact on the germ load. "Bacteria, viruses and mold can get stuck in scratches particularly well", adds Klöß.

Clean the smartphone properly

Smartphone providers such as Apple or Samsung often give cleaning tips on their websites. The experts advise turning off the device and removing all connections before cleaning.

The manufacturers recommend that you clean the device with a soft, lint-free, slightly dampened microfiber cloth. If the dirt is very dirty, users can also use a little soapy water.

It is important that no moisture gets into the openings of the phone. Many smartphones are waterproof. Nevertheless, Klöß advises playing it safe and wiping it off immediately with a cloth.

Do not use detergents

It is not necessary to disinfect the cell phone in the home. There is no particular risk of infection from this, says Egert. The coronavirus can also be inactivated with soapy water.

Disinfection is hardly possible because with the required amount and the exposure time, there is a risk that the disinfectants will get into the spaces between the devices, explains Bernd Glassl from the Personal Care and Detergent Association.

Other cleaning agents can also damage the smartphone – such as glass cleaners. Touch displays usually have an oil-repellent coating. It ensures that fingerprints do not get stuck there. Klöß warns that anyone who cleans the display with alcohol-based cleaning agents should gradually remove the grease-repellent coating.

Carefully clean connections

The connections of a telephone are very sensitive. Users should therefore clean them particularly carefully and without moisture. Dumpling recommends cotton swabs or a soft toothbrush.

If you have a small bellows from your SLR camera, you can also use it for cleaning. "Compressed air cleaners, on the other hand, should never be used"warns Klöß.

How often you should clean the smartphone ultimately depends on how it is used, says Glassl. Anyone who travels a lot, meets a lot of different people, and also uses the cell phone in the kitchen, should clean it more often. Egert has a reassuring message for all those who still fear germs on it. "Cell phone germs pose no danger to healthy people in the household."

The rose is considered the queen of flowers, and many gardeners want to create a rose bed and customize it at some point. It’s not difficult at all if you follow a few simple tips.

Find the right location 

Before creating and designing a rose bed, you need to find the right location for it. This is the be-all and end-all for the delicate roses to flourish and delight you with their abundant blooms. According to, the location for a rose bed should be as sunny as possible and sheltered from the wind. You should not create a rose bed on stony soils, and if roses have already grown in the chosen spot, the drained soil must be replaced before creating a new rose bed. Roses like loose, well-ventilated soil that should never be too wet.

Decorate a rose bed

Once the right location has been found, it is time to choose the roses with which you would like to design your rose bed. There is an overwhelming variety of rose species, which can quickly confuse gardeners. Basically you have the choice between shrub, bed, climbing, noble, standard and ground cover roses. It is also important to know whether the roses are blooming once or several times. When designing the rose bed, it depends on your own ideas: Do you value lush colors or an intense fragrance experience? Not all rose varieties are fragrant, so you should pay attention to fragrant roses if necessary. It looks best when you design your bed with a combination of high and low growing varieties. 

Create the rose bed yourself

The best time to plant a rose bed is from October to November. Alternatively, you can tackle this task in spring. It is important not to plant the roses too close together and to water them for a while beforehand. The planting hole must be deep enough and should be filled with loose soil (if possible with a third of compost) after planting. A mulch cover protects the roots from drying out and keeps weeds away. The guidebook recommends creating gravel or lawn paths when designing a rose bed so that the roses can be easily reached during maintenance. A seat surrounded by a rose bed is also very decorative and relaxing.

Suitable companion plants in the rose bed

Depending on your preference, the rose bed can be combined with accompanying plants tone on tone or you can choose contrasting colors such as blue or white, for example

LarkspurEisenhutOrnamental SageHonor PrizeAsternGraniaCatmintFoxglove

Lady’s mantle (Alchemilla episila) forms a very special contrast with the greenish-yellow colors. The splendid spar is particularly recommended for plantings in red tones.

When replanting, you should make sure that the perennials are planted at a sufficient distance from the roses so that they have enough space to spread out.

Grasses are also suitable as partners for the rose bed:

Ornamental millet, blue fescue

Climbing roses can also be combined well with clematis, which also form tendrils.

After the tree has been cut, many gardeners wonder whether they should close tree wounds or leave them open. For a long time it was recommended to treat interfaces with special wound protection agents after cutting. Today, however, many experts disagree.

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Seal tree wounds or not?

An old rule states that tree wounds that are caused by pruning trees or by storm damage and are larger than several centimeters in diameter should be sealed with wound protection agents. The main aim of this measure is to prevent fungi from penetrating the open wood or from rotting. However, various research results on the treatment of tree wounds have led many experts today to advise against this measure.

The studies showed that wound protection agents usually do not support wound healing at all, but rather prevent natural regeneration and even increase the risk of fungal attack.

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Healing problems with wound protectants

The disadvantage of wound closure agents is that they crack quickly or peel off completely. Water can penetrate these cracks – there is a risk of fungal attack. And while the tree cut wound is being sealed, it can happen that fungal spores are unintentionally trapped under the protective agent, but continue to grow there anyway.

Instead, many biologists advise not to close the tree wounds, but to rely on the natural self-healing powers of trees. After the cut, the plants form the so-called callus, a natural wound tissue that closes the wound.

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Important: Work cleanly when pruning trees

According to tree cutting experts, it is much more important that a professional tree cut is carried out so that the wound can close itself as easily as possible. It is important to have a clean cut that does not leave any frayed areas or residual fibers. You should therefore work with sharp, clean tools and rework interfaces that are less successful with a sharp saw or knife. In this way, your trees can regenerate even without wound protection agents.

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