Which plants can withstand wind?

Every week, garden expert Lodewijk Hoekstra answers garden <strong>questions from readers.

This week I was finally able to work in my own garden and that was much needed. I very much believe in the garden as an ecological stepping stone. This means that there is a lot of greenery and that I let nature take its course as much as possible and do all the maintenance by hand except for mowing. So it was hard work to get the gravel path free of weeds, the borders weeded and the hedges pruned. Time enough to reflect again on whether such a lot of maintenance is necessary or whether it mainly means that I am doing well and I have the peace and quiet and space to get by myself again. For me it is mainly the latter. I then had a lovely meal outside with good friends and enjoyed the weather and all the bees and butterflies that were present in large numbers. This is the ‘green happiness’ as I call it, something I can really recommend to anyone.

Windproof plants

I received a question from Rita. She has a balcony full of wind and sun and she wants to know what is growing, because many plants are doing very badly. It is difficult gardening in such a place, but it can be done properly. You don‘t have to want real ornamental plants, but for example a pine tree with carex underneath it will work. Pine trees grow on the coast and are used to wind and Carex or Zegge is a kind of ornamental grass that is very strong and hardy. Both plants are also evergreen so that gives a nice picture all year round. I always give the tip to search the internet myself, because these days you can easily find information about plants that do well in the sun, but also in the shade, for example. For pots on the balcony I do advise to invest in a large size, because then the plants dry out less quickly and there is more room to root. You also need to make sure you have enough water, because that is really a prerequisite for good growth. There are also handy systems for sale with smart drippers that provide just enough water, so you don’t waste anything. A rain barrel is great if you can, because using tap water is a shame and there is still lime in it sometimes and not all plants like it.

Brown chestnut leaf

Frank has a question and wants to know why the leaves of his chestnut tree turn brown. This is the chestnut leaf miner moth and it mines its way through the leaf making it more and more brown. It can help to hang a pheromone trap, because this is where the moths fly in before they have the opportunity to reproduce and make new caterpillars.

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