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Garden letter September 2015

Imagine our compost heap turned into Noah's ark!

In August this year, our compost heap became Noah's Ark. The terrace a landing stage!

When 5 days of continuous rain turned our garden into a lake landscape.

This hill, overgrown by a red-orange shiny Hokaido pumpkin, this island in nowhere, at the foot of which small waves rippled, magically attracted all voles and moles and granted them asylum (as updated daily!).

We haven't seen any losses so far, on the contrary. This family reunion made a decisive contribution to the conservation of the small rodents and diggers.

By the way, the dahlias announced in the spring letter were in full bloom when the sky opened its floodgates. Believe me, Mexicans hate wet feet! That's why they wear the big sombrero!

The dahlias all died.

Hello and moin moin dear gardening enthusiasts!

Under the name:

the timeless

see your world wide web

a senior care service,

several cosmetic studios,

a pension,

a theater group and, amazingly, a whole family of plants!

A plant family that is timeless? How extraordinary and strange does this name sound?

The tender autumn timeless belong to this family, of course, but also the enchanting Gloriosa, in German the crown of fame. A pretty, filigree potted plant, unfortunately not widespread, is probably not valued enough. Can't prevail against 4.95 € orchids, 2 shoots incl. Planter and it remains with pure crown-of-fame admiration.

Autumn timeless are also called "autumn forgotten", "winter saffron", "winter breath", "autumn lily". Or "son before father", which indicates that the shoot with the seed pod appears in spring and thus before flowering in autumn.

"Naked Maiden" also appears as a regional term in the literature. Oh well.

Autumn time - GO!

The bulbs have to be in the ground early, around mid-September, and the crocus-like flowers appear a few weeks later in the colors white, pink to purple.

Colchicum autumnale - album, major, pleniforum, alboplenum

Colchicum bornmuelleri

Colchicum cilicicum purpureum

Colchicum speciosum-album

Colchicum panonicum

Colchicum tenorii are the keywords for your chat with the plant specialist.

The saffron crocus Crocus sativus is now also moving into the shopping basket and from there quickly into a warm, permeable bed. It is only there that it develops and reproduces optimally, and you can immediately harvest the fiery red stigmas from the purple flowers and use them in the kitchen.

Autumn croissants need a location that is not too wet in winter, but that is the rule when choosing the location for almost all of your flower bulbs.

Whether it's naked maids or the autumn beauties ERIKA, VERONICA, ANEMONA. Now is the women's choice with your favorite gardener.

"Autumn is the spring of winter." (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec)

Erica gracilis, the bell heather was the fall hit in the 80s and 90s. In his time, the plants crowded many window boxes, pots and graves in a rather conservative way. As early as the first frost they turned into unattractive black-gray brooms and only gave way to fresh pansies in the coming spring.

Today there are 164 species or varieties of heather in the range of a well-known specialist nursery. Hello diversity, I'm comming.

Hebe or Veronica are small subshrubs with sometimes tiny leaves. In the bed or balcony box, they can be magically combined with grasses, heuchera, cyclamen, sedum, milkweed, herbs, Mühlenbeckia, etc. They give the planting a beautiful natural structure. For the nectar collectors, the autumn-blooming varieties are of course the meeting point.


Anemona. I should dedicate my own garden letter to the different species. The Greek word anemos

means wind. They dance in the wind, the tender wood anemone Anemona blanda flutters in the spring and from the end of July to October Anemone hupehensis, A. hupehensis var.japonica, A. x Hybr., A. tomentosa and A. vitifolia im sway Perennial bed between hydrangeas, meadow rue and silver candle. Make sure you leave everything that has faded for a magical spectacle in winter. When the seed heads burst open, small cotton balls decorate the winter shrub bed.

As a buttercup, there is a natural instinct for conquering in all anemones! Should you be comfortable.

The change of scenery from summer planting to autumn magic is of course dependent on the mood or depends on the condition of petunia, pelargonium, begonia and Co.

We ourselves are still watching the race between a tub planting and the low-hanging branches of the apple tree. Will the petunia flowers kiss the ground, will the shoots reach a record-breaking length of 80 cm?

Or will the branches of the apple tree win. A good 30 cm is still missing here before the fruit dangles directly in front of the shrews' noses.

After the poor yield in 2014, caused by the alternation (a hormone fluctuation in fruit trees, see garden letter autumn 2014), this year we have apples that sit close to the branch like grapes.

Will the employment agency send us harvest workers in good time this year?

Have the bottles for the apple juice been cleaned yet? How much applesauce do we need this winter?

Dried apple slices .......................

I hope you enjoy your harvest. How about a little feast, with a thank you to your soil?

I hope that with our products we have helped you enjoy your garden to the fullest.

I hope that you still have the desire and ideas for new planting and remodeling. Lively, colorful instead of bark mulch.

Autumn time - planting time

Autumn time - scattering time ;-) on the lawn, with new plantings,


Greetings in northern Germany's boxes, buckets and beds.


Gerhard Preuss

Oscorna natural fertilizer

80 years of gardening based on nature's example

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Garden letter July 2015



and a little gardening letter in between. Let the gardening rest briefly, even the weeds are too uncomfortable and cold. It lets the growth grow, no one comes by to get upset about it and you have to look desperately for snails.

That's why the ducks stand at the patio door in the morning and tokker excitedly with their beaks at the safety glass. Hunger!

With their elongated necks and watchful little brown button eyes, they suspiciously watch the food intake of the small breakfast group.


I think it's wonderful how long the trees, roses, shrubs and bulbs bloom and shine this year.

When you walk around the garden, please check carefully whether your plants and lawn are adequately supplied with water. Often it is overestimated what drips down from heaven in general.

Rule of thumb for the lawn: 20 - 25 liters / m² every 4-6 days if the dryness persists.

If possible, water in the garden in the morning and not over the leaves of the plants. Roses do not forgive you for this at all.


The link tip for little anarchists, activists, idealists and enthusiasts among you


Have fun doing handicrafts, throwing, embellishing or giving away.


Love colorful greetings in all boxes, buckets, beds and unused fallow land in Northern Germany

Gerhard Preuss

80 years of gardening based on nature's example

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Garden letter May / June 2015

Welcome to the early summer garden letter!


Did you also have a basement in your house when you were a child? Dark and a bit musty. As black and white as television back then. If you opened the heavy wooden door and looked down the beaten staircase, all sorts of things were possible for a few seconds. An encounter with Catweazle, Edgar Wallace or Fantomas.
So late in the evening a glass of water from the tap was a pleasure. Because you could only feel the case of mineral water with the sparse lighting. Of course he was guarded by fat spiders, wood lice and other fantasies.
During the day, when light shone through the narrow cellar windows into the underworld, an underground realm of various individual treasure chambers opened up.
The coal cellar, laundry room, wine cellar, potato and general storage cellar. There was a shelf at least four feet deep and as high as the basement ceiling. Inside there are glasses and bottles, more valuable than any lead crystal in the living room cabinet. Because they were full to the brim with summer.
Wonderful juices and fruits floating in the thick sugar juice. Currants, gooseberries, pears, plums, peaches, mirabelle plums, sweet cherries, sour cherries.
In addition, beans, beetroot and cucumber. Pickles, pickles, pickles. Little ones. Thickness. Peeled. At the top in the glass the dill, at the bottom the mustard seeds floated. What an aroma and play of colors in yellow, orange, red and green in a mason jar.
And there was a room for the dahlia bulbs. Shortly before the first frost, the thick bulbs, which were sensitive to the cold, were removed from the earth, the heavy clay soil was gently shaken off and so they were stored upside down in the dark cellar until the next spring. Why upside down? I don't know, maybe a tradition passed down from an East Prussian castle gardening business. This is what happens year in and year out. In the end they reached the size and circumference of a wheel. A wheelbarrow could fit a maximum of 3 tubers.
For a long time I found dahlias as narrow-minded as anything else. But aren't these just modern phenomena?
Just think of the Sanseverie (bow hemp), super trendy! The bow hemp only survived on the window sills of some bar owners because of its indescribable will to survive and is now reappearing in the scene. Where hip interior stylists and purists shake hands.
Hydrangeas, Montbretia are the stars of the cottage gardens today. Longing for nostalgia, elegance and untamed wildness.

I remembered the thick, fat summer bouquets of dahlias and planted a small assortment.
There is one particularity in the botanical history of the dahlia. In 1791 the first dahlia seeds from Mexico were sown in Madrid and the first scientific description took place. The genus was named Dahlia in honor of the Swedish botanist Andreas Dahl.
In 1805 the genus was also described by the German botanist Wildenow and he gave it the name Georgine or Georgina, after the botanist Johann Gottlieb Georgi. The correction came in 1810, because the first description of a species or genus always takes precedence. The name Georgina is still used in some countries.

Should you make a new discovery in the plant or animal kingdom, perhaps in your garden (long live biodiversity) you also have the right to name it. This is how botanical names like
Maxillaria gorbatschowii - a species of orchid, not discovered by Michael Gorbachev, but named after him.
- Litarachna lopezea, a mite named after Jennifer Lopez. Do you like it yourself? A MITE!

- Polystachia anastacialynae, an East African species of orchid named after Anastacia

- Masiakasaurus knopfleri, a dinosaur named after Mark Knopfler. The dinosaur of rock'n roll.

If you do not have a cool, dry winter storage room for dahlia tubers, you have the opportunity to buy tubers again every spring. Around 2,800 varieties should be available in German-speaking countries. Pompom flowers, water lily flowers, cactus flowers, deer antler flowers, semicactus flowers .......

Much easier, but not nearly as spectacular as planting and horticultural accompaniment to a tuber, is the acquisition of flowering dahlia plants in pots or tubs. From now on from your favorite gardener. Sunny location (home to Mexico!), Tall varieties absolutely need good support, otherwise the whole splendor will quickly bend over in a strong summer wind or under the abundance of flowers.

You can get a nice overview in the Dahlia Garden Hamburg-Altona, the oldest in Europe. Even the Volkspark with the dahlia garden has been a listed building since 2002 and presents 11,000 plants annually, in 600 species on around 15,000 m². Free entry.

You may also find dahlias behind the open garden gates of the many private gardens and parks in Northern Germany.

In June you are invited to look over the fence, more information on the website

Stay curious.

Stay true to me

- In June / July your lawn receives its 2nd dose of Rasaflor, don't worry - nothing can burn.

- Your roses, too, I think they have developed a little more cautiously in the cool weather this spring, but much more robust and healthier, are fed one more time with rose fertilizer for the main bloom. The reward: abundant flowering until late autumn.

- Especially in years with high rainfall, the rhododendron specialists recommend re-fertilizing with rhododendron feed in June for their magnificent flowering bushes.

Your gardener has all 3 delicacies prepared by Oscorna ready for you. In his display.

In his oasis for soil fertility and plant nutrition.

Greetings in northern Germany's boxes, buckets, beds. Have a great summer and enjoy your garden to all of you.


Gerhard Preuss


80 years of gardening based on nature's example


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Garden letter December 2014


Dear winter gardeners, readers of the garden letter!


It cannot be completely denied. If you look outside it is quite a tiny little bit bleak. Probably the garden owners who not only have a bland, ever-evergreen wall directly in front of the windows.

Selected trees and bushes with a bizarre growth can certainly form wonderful silhouettes in the gray winter sky. Or think of the garden plants with colored bark such as

Alnus incana 'Aurea' - the golden alder

Cornus alba 'Kesselringii' - the black-barked dogwood

Ítea virgínica - the Virginia rosemary willow

Betula ermanii - the Ermann's birch, golden birch, or Kamchatka birch

Stephanandra tanakae - the high wreath spar!

You probably know the eye-catching bark of the plane tree?

Stewartia pseudocamellia - the summer camellia and Pinus bungeana - the Chinese temple pine (what a beautiful name),

also renew their bark regularly. The peeling creates a nice multi-colored effect, something changes, it lives.

If a few rays of sunshine make it through the cloud cover, the golden brown leaves of the beech hedge or the parrotia bush (Persian ironwood tree) absorb them into spring and reflect them wonderfully. Together with the dark green yew trees and the boxwood trees a magical contrast, maybe a little snowflake sugar glaze on top ............. hmmmmmmm. The perfect winter garden picture is ready.

As early as January / February, if you like, there will be the first splash of spring color on native shrubs and trees:

Prunus subhirtella `Autummnalis´ and` Autumnalis Rosea´ - ornamental cherry

Virburnum botnantense `Charles Lamont´ - winter snowball

Jasminum nudiflorum - winter jasmine

Hamamelis mollis `Palida´,` Sunburst´ - witch hazel

Hamamelis intermedia different varieties - witch hazel

Chimonathus praecox - Chinese winter bloom

Sarcococca humilis - shadow flower / Himalaya meat berry

During a winter walk through a park, an arboretum, the local botanical garden or the quarters of a tree nursery, you can gather first impressions and plan how to hide the neighbour's boring hedge.

For the cultivated garden conversation with the curious, I recommend that you sign your "plant outsiders" accordingly. With a little bit of skill you can, for example, cut out labels out of copper foil and stamp the name with a pencil or ballpoint pen. Over time, the copper takes on the characteristic green hue through oxidation and the plant label looks very natural and morbid. This is called vintage styles today.

Something else quite amazing is happening in nature now. The so-called cold germs, popularly also called frost germs from time to time, use the cold season with changing temperatures between -5 and + 10 ° C to spread further. These include:

Ackerkummhals, Adonisröschen, Columbine, anemones, aster, wild garlic, bergenia, blue star, nettle, bush mallow, wood anemone, Christmas rose, clematis, dicentra, monkshood, edelweiss, gentian, sedum plant, foxglove, lady's mantle, frog spoon, joint flower, bell flowers, Heinrich , Herbstzeitlose, motherwort, heavenly ladder, iris, pasque flower, lavender, liverwort, lilies, fairytale cup, star of milk, poppy, peony, phlox, primroses, ranunculus, delphinium, sage, checkerboard flower, candytuft, cowslip, dummy poppy, silver thaler, silver candle, sun hat, star dolphin , Pansy, bleeding heart, grape hyacinth, globe flower, forget-me-not, walnut, woodruff, winterling, ornamental onion, ......

Under the motto "The early bird eats the worm", they are already populating free territory in the garden as a precaution. Use the first warmth and be satisfied with little light in order to grow. Knowingly it doesn't get any easier once the light- and heat-loving seeds are ready to germinate. The list of those would be much larger.

People with green fingers shouldn't miss the chance to sow cold germs in a targeted manner in pots or seed trays. Your understanding partner will surely assign you a spot in the refrigerator to mimic the natural processes of germination. Both should please be patient until cold germs get into the push, that can take 4 weeks. You can't hurry love. No, you just have to wait. (Diana Ross & The Supremes)

In the winter months, please take a look from time to time at your houseplants and / or guests staying on the terrace or balcony.

The red spider, a nasty plant pest, specializes in dry heating air (this is usually a stress factor for the plant, but also for humans) and, starting from the ivy, spreads rapidly over entire window sills. Pale, yellowish leaves with tiny puncture marks are the first signs before in the final stage the plant "suffocates" almost completely in a fine web of the pest. Please spray your plants preventively from time to time with warm tap water, avoid dryness or a too wet "foot". Please pour off excess water in the saucer and planter in good time. With citrus plants or oleanders, it is worth taking a regular look under the leaves. Whole family groups with scale insects quickly congregate on the thick nerves / conduction pathways. the mealybugs sit in the leaf axils. You should intervene at the latest when the so-called honeydew sticks to the parquet below. Your plant doctor will advise you and help you with what you can do preventively or to strengthen plants.


I wish you a nice winter time.

Thank you very much for being able to accompany you for another year.

Greetings in all refrigerators, beds, buckets, boxes and pots in Northern Germany


Gerhard Preuss

Oscorna natural fertilizer

79 years of gardening according to nature's example

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Garden letter September 2014

Dear gardeners in autumn!

Welcome to the late summer / autumn edition of the garden letter, hello to all new subscribers.
It was a short phone call because it was an international call. I had entrusted the caller with mowing the lawn and watering the potted and container plants for the duration of our botanical excursion. Others may call it a clumsy vacation.
There were plenty of applicants for the holiday job, because the smell of freshly cut lawn is known to make you happy and staying outdoors, gardening relieves stress, is the new sex, the long-awaited return to paradise .......
I made the offer even more attractive through the possibility of total self-sufficiency with the finest fruit and vegetables from the garden.
Blue-violet potatoes with a slightly delicate taste of chestnuts. Dark green fillet beans. Crunchy sweet sugar peas. The obligatory fennel. Bella zucchini. Spicy shallots. Spicy fresh garlic.
Deep red currants. Juicy raspberries. Tomato and basil. Cucumber and dill. Purple carrots.
On top, for the eye, nose and extremely decorative in pot-bellied vases, the colorful variety of summer flowers. Zinnias, cosmeen, marigolds, snapdragons, Levkojen and roses. Touch all your senses!
But back to the call:

"Hello, this is Gerd!"
"Yes, hello here is M ....."
"What's up?"
"So when you get home there is a lot of work waiting for you! A neighbour's tree fell into our garden, the pumpkin exploded, we can no longer see cucumbers, let alone eat .......!"

What now? 500 km away from the hobby, the green love?
The gardener is characterized by a deep serenity. If I had had a great-grandfather's pipe on hand, now would have been the time to stuff it and take a few puffing puffs.
- Tree fallen! Probably one of the thin alder trees. It will have gone well.
- Pumpkin explodes! She certainly means the plant of the `Muscat de Provence` variety. That was to be expected, since it has been enthroned on the fat compost since mid-May.
- Cucumber surplus! Well, let's google under the keyword: too many cucumbers !!! (do it!)
In the meantime, the great monotony of the vegetable drawer has vanished again. Less cucumbers, instead leeks and other autumn vegetables.
In addition, the first aromatic apples. After sensational fat years with a lot of fruits, there are only a few this year, probably caused by the "alternation". But very pretty "Princes of Prussia". This alternation is triggered by hormone fluctuations and external circumstances that have a strong influence on well-being, such as a cold snap in spring. Man and tree are very similar, aren't they?
Readers who have been wandering through our garden with me for a long time know our sweet cherry "Sunburst".
In such a short time it developed from a young tree to a beautiful design element in our garden. In winter an imposing tree with its branched branches, in spring its snow-white dress made of innumerable flowers, in summer it is heavily populated by rascals, blackbirds and starlings and also a beautiful source of shade. But he was ailing to watch. No more growth, the leaves dangled limply and completely listless on the branches.
So we unanimously put together and adopted a rescue package this spring:
a fat layer of compost in the entire crown area, plus 2 handfuls of horn shavings per / m² and 4 x full ORUS.
Result: the most beautiful lawn was under the cherry tree!
A green woodpecker then put me on the right track. He regularly flew to the trunk and ate his way through a small hole, fat and round, on cellar lobsters, ear peckers and other goodies. In a large cavity under the bark, the wood was too far attacked by fungi and bacteria, so that there was no more rescue.
There is a benefit to this loss. In 1-2 years the wood will be dry enough to be used for heating. Then we sit by the fireplace and enjoy a warm fire. A new sweet cherry tree should have long been firmly rooted in the garden.

The compost you composed in the spring may now be ripe for the festive tapping and spreading. Ideally, a fine new compost pile is created in the same place. Well-put together, mixed garden waste can be enriched with a pinch of old compost and refined with the Oscorna compost accelerator. I have recommended your favorite gardener to stock up on them generously.
The ingredients in this bag ensure a wonderful, safe and fast rotting. Supply the necessary natural minerals to the microorganisms to convert the "waste" and to build up the most valuable clay humus complexes. Like the finest algae lime, stone powder made from young volcanic basalt and Edasil, a noble clay mineral. They carefully regulate the pH value and carefully control the moisture in the compost. Well-dosed proportions of naturally bound nitrogen in horn shavings are the necessary food for the microorganisms in order to decompose the somewhat woody garden waste.
Sprinkle 2 handfuls of Oscorna Compost Accelerator on each of the approximately 20 cm thick individual layers of your compost. So 5kg is enough for 3-5 m³. Regardless of whether it is for the traditional rental, the compost bin or just to bind odor in the municipal bio bins.
During the autumn garden tour through the yellow-orange-violet-red and the ears of grass playing in the wind, the small successes can also be seen if the gardener was virtuously patient. Taking care of the right location, targeted soil improvement and nutrition. All three precious dogwoods have established themselves very well. The summer was visibly good for the ball and farm hydrangeas, they have grown splendidly and they still have firm, dark green foliage. Now I hope for a mild winter, that the temperatures don't drop below -15 or even -20 degrees. Of course, there is always some autumn leaves ready just in case. Cut hydrangeas in spring, around April. With ball and farm hydrangeas, you may only cut out dry wood and old inflorescences. These species bloom on the old wood, so in 2014 they already formed the flower system for next summer in the knopse, which is now ripening in the leaf axil.
Through breeding, however, new varieties have emerged that also tend to bloom on young annual wood.
"Forever & Ever", "Everbloom", "You & ME" and the varieties of "Endless Summer" hydrangeas that you may already be familiar with, which are sure to form flower buds on the young shoots. These varieties therefore have a higher cut tolerance.
In the case of panicle and snowball hydrangeas, annual, sharp pruning even promotes flowering.

I wish you all a lot of fun with your gardening and a golden October for all of us. That the apples become even more spicy and red-cheeked in the autumn sun. The autumn bloomers will shine for a long time. The lamb's lettuce seeds germinate and grow nicely. All of your new plantings will take root in the warm soil. The last rose buds still pop open ........
Before you close the shed door for the winter, mothball the lawnmower, please be so kind and sprinkle Oscorna Rasaflor on your lawn. The autumn fertilization, which nicely strengthens your lawn for the winter and supplies it with food again in good time in spring.

Greetings in northern Germany's beds, buckets, boxes and compost heaps.
Gerhard Preuss

Oscorna natural fertilizer
79 years of gardening based on nature's example

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Garden letter July 2014


Summer asters and sea lavender!

Dear garden enthusiasts!
Now is the time for the brightly colored sun skins (Helenium), the radiant sun eyes (Heliopsis) and the delicate sun wing (Helipterum).
At solstice (Heliotropium) meet with the summer forget-me-not (Omphalodes), the sunflower (Helianthus), the sun rose (Helianthemum) to dance in the glittering sundew (Drosera). Pure summer garden feeling. Wonderful plant encounters, first sweet harvest experiences and hopefully plenty of compliments about the garden fence for all your effort, patience, serenity and courage you should now experience.
We are watching with great excitement the small progress made with the "Greetings from Love" seed mixture in one of our beds. An annual mix of cut flowers in all the colorful shades of red in the world. Please sow on weed-free soil, it said on the package.
Years of extensive experience with a natural resource consisting of apparently a thousand germinable wild herb seeds are already well documented in our garden diaries.
Who, if you please, has weed-free soil? Yeah yeah Of course, at the time of sowing, everything was well prepared.
Now they appear, the French herb, the chickweed, the small nettle, the bedstraw, the garden report ...... you know the usual suspects at some point. As a connoisseur of the scene already in the tiny cotyledon stage. Usually they settle due to the nature of the soil. Bit inconsiderate and selfish, but it is pure species conservation. Small mallows, snapdragons and everlasting flowers have a hard time without the help of the gardener.
For some beginners, it quickly grows over the head.
But it's not always just the weeds. It happened to the omorica spruce generation of the 70s with an immigrant from Serbia.
How the Serbian spruce (Picea omorika) could spread so rapidly in the front gardens of Germany without the internet, social network, apps etc., is still a mystery to me. Today the last stocks are gradually giving way to the colorful variety of plants of your favorite gardener. Do you know why Oscorna has not had any pine fertilizer in its range for many years?
Due to our climate, these spruce, fir trees, etc. have grown so quickly that many consumers considered a diet to be absolutely superfluous. Pine manure became a slow-moving company.
But a general lack of nutrients and soil tiredness were the consequences and then quickly led to yellow needles or pest infestation. The gardener wanted to get this under control with Epsom salts. Vain.
Each of you must have overgrown plant experiences. Without any green fingers whatsoever, small, delicate plant children or seductive seed mixtures turn into entire forests, an impenetrable green Amazon jungle. Usually even without an extra portion of Oscorna soil activator or Oscorna fertilizer. Here you can see a picture of our "wild garlic harvest"!
You can find a remedy in the well-equipped garden tools department, with the understanding ones. compassionate sellers and the rich equipment from cultivators, hoes, scissors, saws .....
Good tool, good mood!
For example, the lady's mantle (Alchemilla), a really pretty and effectively ground-covering perennial, can quickly become a nuisance if you don't remove the faded, light-green tufts of flowers immediately. In every joint, no matter how narrow, there is always a crumb of humus for germination.
A shrub bed full of foxgloves or columbines? Let the seed heads stand until they have emptied completely! The summer wind will scatter them or the ants will piggyback the seeds and distribute them generously.
The seedlings will quickly take possession of the last bare parts of your garden, conquering it like wild herbs, only more beautiful. More colorful, wilder.
Do you already have space in your garden for a few more seeds? Ordered, with a label, in dead straight rows? Has a bed of lettuce already been harvested? Would you like to experience how a tiny seed can turn into a beautiful pansy, hollyhock, carnation, and beautiful in less than a year?
These are examples of biennial flowers. The botanist marks them with the symbol.
They have the purely vegetative phase in the first year after sowing in July / early. August. Overwinter in beds or pots and in the following year they have the so-called generative phase with the formation of flowers and seeds, after which they die. The specialist at the seed shelf will certainly be happy to advise you on his offer for two-year-olds. Take a stroll through the plant nutrition and plant care department when you visit.
Think of the heavy consumers in your garden like the lawn or the roses. They really deserve to be generously supplied with food again. The queens for a long flowering period and strong, healthy and shiny foliage, the lawn for permanent lush green. Wonderfully dense and hard-wearing.
80 grams per m², so a handful of gardeners for "Augusta Luise", "Bonanza". "Leonardo da Vinci", "Heidi Klum"gets 90 grams of the finest Oscorna rose fertilizer or Oscorna ANIMALIN.
50 grams of Oscorna RASAFLOR for every square meter "Berlin zoo", "GameSport", "Prince Pückler"or SchnickSchnackSchnuckRasen. Very, very simple.
Have you already trimmed your topiary trees like a sculptor in the countryside, with Japanese box tree shears or the somewhat coarser electric hedge shears? Here, too, you can then reach into your left trouser pocket and drop some ANIMALIN or Oscorna tree hedge fertilizer.
The plants need strength for new growth and for wound healing. If you plan to devote yourself to this activity in the coming days, please do not cut in the blazing sun! Because I care about you and your plants. The box tree in particular reacts like a diva and ugly burns on the leaves are the result. Choose a stage with overcast skies.
Last but not least, a little tip to increase the attractiveness of your garden in midsummer for the many small, hard-working helpers. Put up a shallow bowl of fresh water as a bathing place for the birds within sight of your favorite spot. Splendid.
Pure summer garden feeling.
I wish you many long summer days on the terrace and the fresh green, cooling canopy of an old apple tree. Should you leave the beautiful north for a vacation trip then enjoy the time, the country, the people and come back healthy.
Greetings in all boxes, buckets, flower beds in Northern Germany.


Gerhard Preuss

Oscorna natural fertilizer

80 years of gardening based on nature's example


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Garden letter March 2014


Dear garden and plant lovers,

It is well known that a garden is never finished. In spring the gardener mixes the colors again. Spread them out on the mother earth of his beds, where they conjure up a new painting for at least 8 months with the trees, hedges and perennials, i.e. the perennial fixed components and structures of his garden. Integrate and incorporate new things, stage the tried and tested, compose and design together. Depending on the nature and disposition, he forges his plans extensively over the winter. Meticulously counts seeds, already in January builds up a well-intended supply of substrates and fertilizers, ponders old notes in his diaries or shakes his head over brightly colored, shrill gardening catalogs. The creation of a modern 3D garden plan on the PC, the definition of work processes in the Outlook calendar of the smartphone are also possibilities to approach the work in nature again. Or the gardener is more the artist, drinking tea, looking at the sky and waiting. A new idea every day. Not haphazardly, but he lets himself drift and also likes to be inspired.
For example from his favorite gardener, who is in the final preparations for the new gardening season. He used the winter to prepare for your arrival. His offer, traditionally tried and tested and certainly also fascinating, new and colorful. Take a look and lay your trunk, the back seat and the footwell of your minivan with old blankets as a precaution.


Above all, your soil now needs a lot less of THAT, which after a year in the garden and the winter also gags it out, makes it powerless and "anemic", emaciates and leaches it. Emaciated due to classic over-limescale after a misdiagnosis! Namely: Moss means, as it were, the soil is extremely acidic! Too much lime is simply scattered across the board without any further knowledge of your soil and its pH value

allows pioneer plants such as mosses to thrive in abundance or unwanted wild herbs. Pointer plants for a dead barren soil. Conditions arise as they did 400 million years ago, when the earth was not yet covered by a layer of humus. We should have known better a long time ago. Every type of soil, whether light, heavy or humus, has its own optimal pH value. Lime literally drives it upwards and just gels out. The pH value, from the lat. pondus hydrogenii, provides information about how many hydrogen ions there are in a substance. The value 0 is very acidic, the value 14 is very basic or is also called alkaline, calcareous. designated. The mean value 7 is the neutral value.
It grows best in the weakly acidic range between 5.6 and 6.5 (caution! There are some exceptions) because the variety of nutrients is readily available and because the diversity of soil organisms is highest. It is better to sprinkle the diverse, balanced and soft-earthed Oscorna soil activator and thus promote the richness of your soil again.
Colourfulness, colourfulness, wealth of forms, mixed culture, lushness in the soil and above are guarantees of success for a beautiful garden year.

Please take it easy, even if your garden encounters may have been very sparse in winter. It felt like I lost at least 20 times when it came to frills and had to empty the compost bin between November and now. With the last ray of light at 4 p.m. Past the empty shrub beds and bare bushes, wearing a winter jacket, the hood pulled down over the face on a well-trodden path to the compost heap. However, with the first two pre-spring Saturdays in action, the 2013/14 winter seems to be over! Yeah, you can get your fingers dirty until 6 p.m. Finally earth under your fingernails again. During the first digs last Saturday, however, I woke the soil creature, the earthworm, from its hibernation a good 30 cm below the ground. The violent ground vibrations caused by the spade, plus the very intense rays of the sun on his very sensitive skin, ouch! I quickly apologized to him several times and promised to set his table with organic delicacies. Some compost + Oscorna fertilizer.
If you have ripe compost, please use about 2-3 liters per m². Just scatter and work in lightly, please do not undermine. The spring vitamin syringe for soil and plants, everywhere in the garden, even on the lawn! Put a few shovels aside, they are good and very valuable if you are going to make the perennial beds "sheer" in the next few weeks or clear the remains of the green manure plants from the beds and start a new compost. With just a few hands you can actually inoculate your new compost with the necessary microorganisms. Always sprinkle something between the material in layers and, if you like, add a handful of Oscorna compost accelerator. In a few weeks new “gardener's gold” will be created.

We watch the tiny progress in sour cherries, plums and pears with great excitement. Will the newcomers soon bear leaves, flowers and even fruit on our orchard?


I wish you many warm, awakening rays of sunshine in your boxes, tubs and beds.

Greetings in the gardens of northern Germany.

Gerhard Preuss


Oscorna natural fertilizer

80 years of organic gardening modeled on nature



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Garden letter December 2013

Dear garden subscribers,

it is endangered, threatened with extinction and is therefore particularly protected by the Federal Species Protection Ordinance:
the Winter love! Chimaphila umbellata
cheima Greek winter
philosGreek. - Friend
umbellata - small gold

The Umbels Winterlieb belongs to the heather family (Ericaceae) and now watch out: to the subfamily of the SPRUCE ASPARAGUS! Wow!
If you stroll carefully through the undergrowth on your long winter walks in the pine forests of the northeast German lowlands, you will meet him. Semi-shrubby and only 15-20 cm tall, you should not see its enchanting flowers until later in the year (around the end of July - beginning of August).

In worldwideweb you will find beautiful images of this rare plant.

The Winter love In order not to die out completely, the various symbioses with the soil fungi are essential. This is the coexistence of different organisms for mutual benefit. Put simply: the plant receives valuable minerals from the mushrooms and gives them sugar in return.

Through forest management with heavy, soil-compacting machines, but also through uncontrolled nutrient inputs, the very useful fungi are damaged and weakened, which then leads to the death of the Winter love.  :-(

Why am I telling you the story?

- because of course the name Winter love wonderfully ranks in Autumn crocus (Colchicum), Cap bush (Miltraria) and Sparkling star (Chamaelirium).

- because it once again clearly shows how closely everything in nature is interrelated, interdependent and ultimately how little we know about the causes, e.g. when our favorite flower no longer smiles and shines.

Presumably it was Winter love therefore it is not a garden plant and it will certainly never achieve this dubious world fame like the common hardware store CHERRY LAUREL in the near future. Prunus Praktikus.  .-)

The soil in your garden is certainly nice and warm under a blanket of compost, mulch, bee pasture or mixed leaves from fruit trees and other deciduous trees. Tomorrow's humus.

So it retains its crumbly structure with enough pores for air and water. The mulch cover extends the working season of the soil organisms, root growth is less disturbed by frost and deeply frozen soil. It can develop unhindered over the winter. Mulch also reduces water evaporation, which in previous winters often led to the painful loss of plants. Here is another tip: please sprinkle a handful / m² of OSCORNA Animalin or the OSCORNA horn shavings under the bark mulch. This compensates for the lack of nutrients, which results from the decomposition of the cellulose and wood parts.

A closed plant cover is more natural and more valuable than an artificial bark mulch cover from the bag. For the partially shaded areas, even in dry locations, I would definitely like to give you the Perennial of the Year 2014 Elven flower / Epimedium recommend. It is very undemanding, easy to care for, partly green in winter, leaf-swallowing, strongly suppressing weeds. Great advantages for the intelligent lazy gardener.

Every year I admire the colorful shoots of leaves, almost at the same time the graceful flowers appear in shades of white, lilac-pink, pale yellow to orange and float above them.

Where the lawn quickly becomes mossy due to a lack of light or where it also suffers from the nutrient / dehydration of the bushes and hedges, the elven flowers offer a real alternative to grass. Talk to your landscaper about a redesign or paint a few elves on your wish list.

I'm going to the vegetable garden now. There is still a little treat hidden there for the holidays.

With the last harvest, we end the gardening year, which began so late and compensated us a little with many hours of warm sunshine from late summer to autumn.

The Rapunzel or lamb's lettuce with its nutty taste will crown the holiday menu. Hard to believe, a few square meters provided us with fresh salad once a week for a good 2 months.

At the beginning of the cultivation in the garden, it is important that a patient gardener with a trained eye is able to neatly separate the weeds from the small Rapunzel shortly after the seedlings have emerged. The 2 hours of weeding in the bed are always worth it and almost a little therapy. Just slow food.

Unfortunately, Storm Christian sprinkled it from the north-west plenty of needles from the omorika spruce of our neighbors and garnished the lamb's lettuce with it. If it is not washed thoroughly, there is also a winter Christmas taste in the finish when eating. How nice!?


Thank you dear readers that I was allowed to accompany you through the 2013 gardening year.

Greetings to all beds, boxes and buckets in Northern Germany


Gerhard Preuss

Oscorna natural fertilizer

80 years of natural gardening modeled on nature



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Garden letter September / October 2013


Fiery colorful September, brilliant October!

Welcome to the autumn edition of the garden letter. Not only do the warm autumn colors shine, no, just before winter, you can experience wonderfully warm, earthy smells, aromas and a very special spice of late summer during the last important gardening work.

The dill has been a very loyal companion through our gardening year for a long time. It is allowed to spread (almost) unhindered. In the meantime he has appeared in the whole kitchen garden without being asked. His little umbrellas stand watchfully in the bean, potato or flower bed and dance in the wind. Small seedlings are already appearing again for 2014. Dare to sow the autumn sowing of this extremely decorative herb, even in the flower vase.
Before the large umbels scatter all the seeds, we prefer to remove the lush, sometimes man-high growths, while the plant exudes whole cumulus clouds of essential oils and the moor mist catches them and holds them in place.
Memories of the steaming mason jars with squeaky green gherkins from childhood. Borage, also known as cucumber herb, also grows right next to it. As long as it still attracts and nourishes the bees and bumblebees with its magical blue flowers, it is not yet a case for compost.
The heavy smell of the fallen fruit mixes with the flowery, warm, feminine smell of the rose petals. The cold and wet spring, the fears about `Queen Mary´,` Winchester Cathedral´, `Mary Rose´ etc. are forgotten. The queens of the garden are seldom as gorgeous as in late summer / autumn 2013.
In a sense, this is a thank you for the 2 handfuls of Oscorna rose fertilizer / or Oscorna Animalin per m² in summer.
The hedgehog returned on September 5th! He scrambles through the garden with a pointed nose first. Always on the lookout for insects and sometimes something snappy.
Thought that fruit would also be on his menu, like the one sniffing a fallen 'prince's apple'. He is a pure carnivore, at most an earthworm with a blade of grass garnished by chance.
You can also understand.
Highly recommended to supplement the muesli with fresh fruits are autumn raspberries (e.g. variety `Autumn Bliss´) and monthly strawberries (e.g. variety` Rügen´).
Autumn raspberries carry on the annual wood; in contrast to the summer-bearing varieties, they are not sought out by the raspberry beetle or the raspberry blossom picker.
The monthly strawberry is a very good, undemanding ground cover in partial shade, continuously bears fresh, tasty fruit and is still a useful pasture for bees in autumn. Hard to understand that the nightly visit of the deer is not for this delicacy.
But the fresh rose leaves! Not of every type of rose, no. And of course always only the foremost delicate tips. The four-legged friends then withdrew in panic through the bed of freshly sown lamb's lettuce. Hello, it's still possible! Why don't deer actually eat groundweed?

Karl Foerster / perennial gardener: "Mr. Foerster, what are you doing against dandelions?"

"Learn to love the dandelion!"

On the harvested beds, the phacelia / bee pasture stretches lush against the sky. Please protect your soil from frost, heavy rainfall, dry, icy cold polar winter winds by sowing various green manure plants such as phacelia, mustard, lupine, alfalfa etc. in good time.
He thanks you with lasting fertility, remains wonderfully fine crumbly and is wonderfully easy to work with in spring.

In autumn, dedicate yourself to the garden once more.
Assortments of flower bulbs stand in your way at your favorite gardener's, selected perennials for pots and planters such as “Herbstzauber” are waiting for you to come, and your most beautiful green - the lawn - needs rasbora and soil activator. :-)
Your investments and what you do in autumn are very important for a relaxing “gardener's hibernation” and a good start into the coming spring.
Greetings in northern Germany's beds, boxes and buckets

Gerhard Preuss


Oscorna natural fertilizer

80 years of organic gardening modeled on nature

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Garden letter July 2013

Dear friends of summer and garden culture!

A dream summer!

Yesterday was one of these again Jelängerjelieber (Lonicera) - days.

Confidently leave that for the next few days Lady's mantle (Alchemilla) at home. Protect your Women's hair(Adiantum) and that Bob hairs (Helexine).

ASun hat (Rudbeckia) is always recommended! In the classic yellow tones or magnificent purple or modern white cream colors. For the Braggart (Macromeria) maybe onePfaffenhütchen (Euonymus) as protection? The tender oneJungfer in the green (Nigella) likes to slip into hers in the hot summer Strap women shoes (Phragmopedilum). TheSnapdragon (Anthirrhinum) has just become aware of them and has already sparked oneBurning Love (Lychnis) to the delicate light blue blossom in the neighboring bed.

"Oh! She whispers through hers Angel trumpet (Datura). I already have one crying heart (Dicentra)!

Therefore, Love me (Primula minima) however Do not touch me (Impatiens)! "

"Never mind Because I already have one Lady in mourning (Iris susiana), that Blue lizards(Exacum)! 

Can I then take them to one Water ice(Ziziana) invite? " 

"Yeah, I like the variety Bittersweet (Solanum). That's what you get for that Honorary award (Veronica)! "

Don't worry, I haven't smoked hydrangea flowers. Even if in certain circles it is written again and again that the effect is cannabis-like.

A drive along the Breton coast is enough to put the gardener in a state of intoxication. I enjoy the origins of the names of the plants and the German or regional translations or names. Few gardening books I use as often as the pocket dictionary of botanical plant names by Franz Boerner from 1978. The beginning of my gardening apprenticeship.

Has your garden paradise shown itself from its most beautiful side after your 14-day plant excursion through distant countries. Properly prepared for your absence, the green oasis will survive your short trips in the best way.

The rose bloom was overwhelming, the first pile is now almost over and the queen of the garden is picking up speed again for the next bloom. With warmth, well supplied with moisture and the best food (!), It is child's play for the remontant varieties to enchant you with magnificent flowers until autumn. In the smaller blooming pauses, perennials like the daylilies take on a brilliant role in the colorful dramaturgy of the hot summer. Daylilies, especially the Hemmerocallis fulva used to be popularly referred to disparagingly as railway keeper's lilies. This actually means nothing else than that the claims of the `belle de jour` - Beauty of the day are quite small if they discovered and populated embankments for themselves.

Or maybe that railway attendants don't have a green thumb? My grandfather from the train station in Angerburg / East Prussia could certainly have said something about it.

The IGS ( GspeciesS.chau in Hamburg Wilhelmsburg) gives just a little insight is the great variety of colors of these really very modest flower beauties. In total there is probably a variety of over 40,000 varieties. Do you still have a place in the garden? It should be sunny.

When you return to your green living room, there are also nasty surprises every now and then. Joy and sorrow are sometimes very close together. Book tip: Karl Foerster - "Joy and Trouble in the Garden" Ulmer Verlag

14 days of storm-free booth and the rose petal wasps used this mercilessly, celebrated in the Jaques Cartier and the Rose de Resht a boisterous party. So, pluck off the infested leaves, a slight pruning plus an extensive plant strengthening will make you and you shine again in a few weeks. Hopefully the prolonged drought has not caused too much damage to your garden. Some plants protected themselves from drying out by rolling up the leaves or by gently dropping them. But these are also the most unmistakable, most certain signs for you to open the tap and water extensively.

Please think of all water-saving measures in advance:

- plant them appropriately

- create a dense, closed plant cover wherever possible

- By gently cultivating the soil with a trident, you destroy the fine capillaries of the soil, which reduces evaporation

- Cover bare ground with various mulch materials / especially when using bark mulch, it is essential to use Oscorna Animalin or Oscorna horn shavings

- only work with compost and organic fertilizers for plant nutrition, only these create valuable, water-storing humus. The soil-revitalizing effect helps plants to take root much more easily and to develop water reserves.

- Oscorna soil activator contains the unique natural mineral Edasil. A very special tone that stores large amounts of water.

- It is better to water the garden in the morning hours and at longer intervals (around 4-5 days). Large amounts of up to 20 liters per square meter are better than small, small waterings every evening.

- Your favorite gardener may also have rain gauges in their range so that you can check your irrigation quantities
- Please do not pour ice-cold water over the heated plants.

- The cutting height of the lawnmower should now be set at 6 cm (by the way, have you already thought of the 50g / m² Oscorna Rasaflor summer fertilization?)

And after work or in between ELDERFLOWER SYRUPSCHORLE !!! Prepare elderflower syrup in good time for the next year. Simply collect 15-20 elderflower, dissolve 4 kg of sugar and 50 grams of citric acid in 2 liters of hot water. Cut an organic lemon (or orange, if you like) into slices, "wash" or clean the elderflower and add. Let it steep for 4 days in a dark place, pass through a fine sieve and fill into bottles. THE REFRESHMENT IN THE GARDEN! DELICIOUS and takes just 20-30 minutes to produce. Don't have elderberries yet? "A bush replaces the medicine cabinet!"

The specialist offers you:

Ornamental varieties of elder - like the purple-black-leaved ones Black Lace as well Yellow and white speckled varieties.

In addition, special types of fruit such as the white elderberry. Sambucus nigra var. Albida. 

Enough for today, go to the vegetable garden now to harvest what is to be harvested. An Italian antipasti is made from the fennel, while kohlrabi usually disappear raw in the mouth of the child. The colored chard stalks add color to the pasta dish .......

Whether too "La Rat" is already ready to be enjoyed? Tension! I will tell you if you like.

Greetings to all beds, buckets, window boxes in Northern Germany.

Gerhard Preuss

Oscorna natural fertilizer


More than 80 years of organic gardening based on the example of nature

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Garden letter May / June 2013

Dear gardening friends!


Perhaps some readers of you who have been receiving the "Letter from the Garden" for a while now are wondering how the standard rose `Brautzauber´ is doing, or whether it got over the long winter well.

After all, it is growing at the location of a predecessor. Rose follows Rose. SHE LOOKS LIKE THE SNOW KING!

The Snow King liked the rose queen `Brautzauber´, with spruce twigs warmly wrapped in autumn and nicely protected from the nasty, cold winds from the NORTH-NORTH EAST, that in April he built a new home in it. This branch vagabond loves colorful, species-rich, thorny, uncoated hedges and gardens and builds up to eight nests in spring.

First the Snow Queen chooses a After a thorough inspection, the nest is removed and it is subsequently upholstered with moss and feathers.

Seems familiar to me, see Ikea.

- 5 - 6 days after copulation (not observed by me)

places the female wren (regional name Snow king) one egg every day, up to a total of 8 eggs

- 14-18 days of incubation follow

- After the 10th day the young birds are already able to fly

Ms. Wren, however, had to fetch the moss for upholstering the nursery from afar thanks to good lawn care.

You already guessed:

Oscorna Rasaflor 3 times a year, 1 x Oscorna soil activator, and spread a small shovel of finely sifted house compost that smells of forest soil on the lawn.

The pruning is of course delayed by the nest in the rose. Garden means waiting. To be patient. Count the days, distribute compost, let pea seeds roll into the ground, watch the sky, enjoy the fresh green tones and hunt voles.

You haven't been able to shorten your roses either because maybe one crossdrive (what a term!) prevented you from doing it?

Don't worry, if you cut later, the flowering will only be postponed by a few days and you may have the first flower frenzy on your birthday in midsummer. Who knows?!

Please always trim your roses back courageously. .

Heavy pruning promotes fresh, healthy, new flowering shoots.

In short: "You need a cold heart - and hot scissors".

Oscorna rose lectures, with a small cut 1x1, will take place in your region again from June.

Hm, the feeding of the little fence / snow / rose kings and their first flight attempts could then coincide wonderfully with the flyby of a few confused and unswerving carrot flies, or other uninvited guests. Let's go your brave little rascals.

So, everything is great in the organic garden. It works!

Certainly not that happy, the royal couple is with my weekly "ORUS Aufguss ". But I also wanted to protect the young, crisp rose leaves from infections of various rose diseases. So to speak, on top, with Oscorna soil activator, Oscorna Animalin or rose fertilizer and compost. Should a few splashes when spraying the rose ORUSBe plant-active on the plumage, the natural ingredients from algae, herbs such as horsetail make it nice and strong.

When I look out of our window now, I somehow see snow again (see "Letter from the garden" beginning of April). White snow clouds in the form of blooming rock pears (Amelanchier) or the sweet cherry (Prunus avium `Sunburst´).

Tomorrow I'll scare my favorite gardener with a shopping list Snow plants:

Snowflake Sutera cordata - i.a. highly recommended for your balcony box

Snowball Virbunum opulus

Snowberry Symphoricarpus   

Snow rose Heleborus niger

Snowdrop tree Halesia carolina

Snowflake bush Chionanthus virginicus

Snow eucalyptus Eucalyptus pauciflora ssp. niphophila

and snowball-leaved maple Acer opalus

Did you know that electrical signals have been detected in the root tip of the plants? Researchers speculate that the roots perceive and pass on information about the soil in their search for water and nutrients. Toxins are also recognized in this way. B. lead to lightning-fast changes of direction in the root growth, or be converted into growth signals elsewhere. I wish that the roots of your plants will always find something good in the soil, develop well, branch widely, in order to provide the plant with everything in the best possible way. Oscorna.

At this point I would also like to thank you very much for your loyalty in purchasing and protecting the soil and nature. I hope your garden and gardening are an asset to you every day. I am happy to continue to accompany you on your way through the gardening year.

Greetings to all beds, buckets, window boxes, seed trays in Northern Germany.


Gerhard Preuss


Oscorna natural fertilizer

More than 80 years of organic gardening based on the example of nature

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Garden letter April 2013


Dear gardening friends!


The cursor flashes on my screen fearlessly and demanding every second. Waiting for the first keystrokes for the spring edition "Letter from the Garden".

The view out into March gray, my eyes follow the 5,000 billionth snowflake, which somehow stealthily, not at all contemporary and therefore a little hesitant, approaches the ground. Must have gotten totally lost, the little one.

January snowflakes are somehow much more confident, I realize for myself!

Each one was actually different. Each one, a unique piece of nature.


In order not to bore you with repetitions, I rummaged through the previous editions of the letters. They are like a little garden diary.

- Good Friday 2012 - Compost distributed to the "needy, problem children and favorite plants".


Let the compost rest and mature a little longer this year, or do not pull the residents out of their deep sleep.


The dung or compost worm Eisenia foetida goes, like the rest of the soil organisms, into a cave or deeper soil layers and hibernates there until spring.

So he himself, like many gardeners, should celebrate "Earthworm Day" on February 15th. missed or overslept.


In 2005, environmentalists and nature conservationists first launched this memorial day. Allegedly only this day was free at all, so if we don't celebrate it directly - then on this cold February day the earthworm and the rest of the soil fauna are spared artificial fertilizer salts, chemical pesticides, heavy tractor tires, plows and spades.

After all.

In addition to the compost worm, we know a good 39 species of earthworm in Germany, and there are said to be well over 3000 worldwide. Together with the remaining micro- and macro-organisms in the soil, they are the gardeners of the soil, decompose organic material, form valuable permanent humus, drain and ventilate the soil, warm it, ensure better water storage, and and and .....


The worm droppings produced by earthworms are z. B. by digestive activity much richer in nutrients than the surrounding soil:

up to 5 times more nitrogen (N), 7 times more soluble phosphate (P2O5), 11 times more potassium (K2O), 2-3 times more magnesium and 1.5 times more calcium!

Plant nutrition through soil revitalization!

Earthworms also fulfill another important task, they are perfect biological pest control, fungal spores adhering to the fallen leaves, e.g. of the apple scab, are also eradicated. What works with the fungal pathogen of apple scab should also be possible with powdery mildew, star soot and rust fungi.

Further germs are absorbed and partially decomposed, the earthworm droppings are an ideal substrate for microorganisms. These in turn form e.g. antibiotics which lead to a further reduction of germs.

Show with the mouse! For your children and grandchildren.


Please do everything to preserve and promote the diversity of the soil fauna. For the benefit of the plants and your own benefit.

By the way, the way to your favorite gardener is clear again.

Ice Age 2 - now it's thawing !!!  so to speak

and December 5th is World Soil Day

The laureate

2012: The fen

2013: The Plaggenesch


Greetings to all beds, boxes, tubs and flower pots in Northern Germany.

With spring, may the abundance and diversity of plants move into your garden and attract many friends.

Please remain loyal to me and sprinkle good things on your soil (in your garden).


Gerhard Preuss

Oscorna natural fertilizers and soil improvement

For 80 years consistently natural gardening based on the example of nature

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Garden letter January / February 2013


Dear (impatient) gardening friends!

It is nice if your apartment, your house, has large window panes which let in the rays of the early spring winter sun. After all the cloudy December and January days, the natural light is beneficial and it quickly becomes wonderfully warm in your rooms, even in bitter frost.

There is still nothing to smell of spring through the open window. Winter is odorless!

Unless there is a witch hazel bush in front of your window in your garden. A witch hazel whose flowering time now begins, depending on the type and variety.

On the one hand, they enchant the garden with their tongue-shaped petals in various shades of yellow to red during this rather colorless time. In addition, many exude an intense, sweet and far-reaching scent.

The flowers tolerate temperatures below zero to around 10 degrees below zero and react in different ways to protect themselves against it. Some petals curl up a little, others hang limply until the thermometer climbs up again.

Hamamelis mollis is the wild form - smells very intense, sweet and far-reaching

Hamamelis vernalis as well, Hamamelis japonicaa little less and lighter, Hamamelis x intermedia (Hybrids) also smell sweet but different in strength.

Hamamelis virginiana is a small exception, it is in autumn bloom! Start about shortly before the leaves fall or when the leaves are shed and their flowers give off an unpleasant scent!

All witch hazel have a beautiful autumn color from yellow to orange, orange-red to copper-colored. Your favorite gardener will have the appropriate plant material ready or will be happy to receive your plant order.

The hobby gardener can feel in his fingertips that the days are slowly getting longer. The last black-brown humus under your fingernails? When was that? It's been far, far too long!

Enough lazy, he tells himself.

The cigar box with the opened seed bags from 2012, the self-harvested seeds from last summer can be found out.

Meticulously sift through for useful things, take stock and catalog them carefully. If you are unsure whether the germination capacity and the driving forces of the seeds are still sufficient, a germination test on damp kitchen paper in the light kitchen window will help with many species.

In addition, your garden diary contains important information, e.g. reminds you to keep the necessary crop rotation in the vegetable patch with small sketches.

But seductively illustrated catalogs and garden newspapers have already cast a spell over you.At the sight, even the most serene, experienced gardener slides restlessly back and forth in his armchair, throws fears easily over the garden fence and likes to plunge into an adventure of mega-gigantic flowers and monster yields.

Why not, I can hardly imagine anything more exciting.

And the whole thing starts with a little trip to your gardener, freshly stocked seed racks are already in your way there. The spring scent and the wonderful spring colors of the primroses, daffodils, snowdrops, tulips and crocuses are vitamins for the eyes and soul. Only your overdraft facility sets limits!

Primula from lat. great - the first --- in the year !

Narcissus from the Greek narkao - I numb --- with my fragrance?

Galanthus (Snowdrop) by Greek gala, galaktos - milk / anthos Greek flower

and "crocus comes from kissing "or .....? Crocus is the Greek name of saffron!

As you know, a letter from the garden always contains an Oscorna tip. Just what can I recommend to you today?

Visit your favorite gardener on Rose Monday, buy Oscorna rose fertilizer and Oscorna soil activator ?!

That would be fun and also very useful, I would like to give you my warmest regards.

Perhaps you are a guest at one of the great orchid exhibitions in northern Germany.

You will see there is a lot more to it than just Phalaenopsis!

Greek phalaina - moth

opsis - appearance.

These botanical names are lovely, aren't they?

Please ask about ORUS, the care product for orchids on a natural basis of e.g. algae, herbal extracts .......

A short root bath in it every 14 days is like a wellness cure.

I wish you a nice winter, keep an eye on evergreens, roses, potted plants, in short everything that is dear to you.

Greetings to all pots, buckets, beds and seed boxes in Northern Germany

there really isn't much to do!


Gerhard Preuss

Oscorna natural fertilizer

80 years of consistent organic gardening based on the example of nature

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Garden letter December 2012


Finally Advent !!!

Time to wrap everything up nicely!

Make the garden winter-proof: pile it up, protect and strengthen it. Protect the vulnerable, sensitive and vulnerable garden treasures from Grandfather Frost! By the way, a Russian fairy tale figure!

Besides the question: "How long does this plant bloom?"

is the concern: "Is the plant hardy too?"

probably one of the most frequently asked ones in the garden market.

Well, the choice of plants, good variety characteristics, the optimal location, the best soil conditions and the right care are the prerequisites for getting through the winter well. If the requirements of a plant are fully met, it is doing really well. Still.

For example, the length of daylight in winter is decisive for all evergreens, some plants are damaged by too much moisture, others are quickly fatally exposed to persistent drought and wind

Snow isolates and protects, but its load can also become a serious problem.

So winter hardy is not just frost hardy!

- Please pile up your rose plants. For example, use some ripe compost, it is really good.

A little spruce / fir twigs in addition, a dream!

The refinement point is the Achilles tendon of the rose, sensitive not only to the cold. It should always be a hand's breadth below the surface of the earth. And be given additional protection in winter.

- Please wrap up the standard roses in a cozy and cozy way. The crown of the plant is very exposed to frost, cold winds and strong sunlight. Several refinement points are located at the crown base and deserve your utmost attention, devotion and affection. Piling up pointless :-), only a good pack of sticks will help.

- Check evergreen plants regularly. Do they have sufficient moisture during longer, severe periods of frost?

Keep frost protection fleece or similar to hand in order to protect the plants from strong sunlight and wind if necessary and check the soil moisture regularly. Water on time.

- Please overwinter potted plants (Buxus, roses… ..) in a protected location. The fine, sensitive fiber roots are located on the inner wall of the pot / tub. Where low temperatures are most effective.

Your favorite gardener will be happy to provide information and advice, and has everything ready for you that is good for the plant. Bubble wrap, fleece, jute, coconut, felt, straw mats and, last but not least, a nice, decorative bow.

- Make sure that the water drainage in your buckets is guaranteed. On the one hand, every plant suffers from waterlogging, on the other hand you prevent freezing water from destroying your valuable tubs. To do this, please place all planters on small terracotta feet, for example.

- A warming layer of leaves helps in the perennial garden (do not overdo it - but please do not use the garden either almost do!). It helps the plants, the soil remains frost-free for a long time and is not damaged by drought and heavy rain. Your leaves are also in good hands under trees and hedges! Wild birds, for example, find plenty of food under the mulch.

- Especially with late plantings (including flower bulbs) the leaf layer / mulch layer is essential. The even temperatures and moisture allow the plants / onions to take root in the best possible way.

Do this small but important winter check before the onset of winter. Prevention is better than cure, or even having to replace plants entirely.

Winter tires, a light test, checking antifreeze, maintaining the heating system, stocking up on firewood and road salt etc. have long since become part of our flesh and blood.

I wish you a nice winter 2012/13.

Greetings to all pots, boxes and flower beds in Northern Germany.

Of course there is also the Oscorna tip! The ideal gift for your plant friend, the collector, rose specialist, gardening novice, allotment gardener, to move in, so in between ...

........... or just for yourself.

Now available from your favorite gardener in a 2.5 kg box.






Gerhard Preuss

Oscorna natural fertilizer

consistent natural, organic gardening for over 75 years



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Garden letter October 2012

Dear gardening friends in Northern Germany!

Welcome to the apple harvest in the Prussian garden.


Our neighbor, Mr. Uwe.M. has a wonderful hobby.

He grows pumpkins, on a large scale, next to our garden.

Now this year his tendrils, i.e. those of the pumpkins, made their way quietly and secretly to conquer our garden at some point. First at ground level like an octopus over the hosta, geranium ........, later, like a rambler rose, they swung up to lofty heights.

Now they are shining, the colorful, bizarre pumpkins between the bright red leaves of the euuke and sweetgum. From a purely legal point of view, the fruits belong to Mr.M.

But this year it has an abundance of fruit and shouldn't fall off the ladder during the pumpkin harvest! In our garden.

Do not wait for Halloween - with pumpkins, ornamental apples, lantern flowers, Kalanchoe, Solanum, Hebe, Capsicum, GAULTHERIA !!!, cyclamen, silver leaf, pansy and corresponding accessories (baskets, lanterns ...) women / men can quickly create a beautiful one Conjure up the arrangement on the doorstep. The luminosity of the summer flowers in the vessels is slowly diminishing. The late summer pots and autumn planting are easy to care for, they do not need so much water thanks to the low temperatures and high humidity. Later these plants can enrich your garden, provided they are hardy.

Your favorite gardener has everything ready, especially on cloudy, autumnal, rainy days a trip there is a pleasure.


Even if you have been less drawn to the garden in the last few days, with the cold, wet, inconsistent weather - I would like to urge you to do something again.

Because it is Planting time!

Well, it's not always somehow Planting time?

But now is THE PLANTING TIMEYour gardener will say too, or put a strap on his fence.

Of course, thanks to the pot and container culture, you can plant for almost 365 days as long as the ground is not frozen, but what are the advantages of so-called autumn planting, from October to permanent ground frost, for you and your new darlings?

- in autumn the tree nursery "harvests" - so you have the greatest choice, because in spring the goods / the "cake" may be distributed to other sales outlets / buyers.

- a plant without soil - i.e. bare-rooted - has lower production costs / price advantage for the customer !!

- Bale goods (not bare roots, here a strong root ball is held together by a jute fabric after harvesting) in this form of supply is also produced exclusively on a field in the ground, sometimes transplanted several times (transplanted) and also offers an inexpensive alternative to the container plant. Attention: watch out for "false bales" - bare-root goods are often made into a bale with a little damp earth and a cloth!

- the plant finishes growing in autumn - goes into a dormant phase

- As long as the soil temperatures are above 5 ° C, the plant will develop roots in its new location in your garden for almost the entire winter. The water and nutrient supply is already fully functional in spring. The risk of drying out is considerably reduced. This new root formation is worth its weight in gold in spring, when the plant comes into the sap and the budding and flower formation take place. If you now stick your hands in mother earth and dig, you can still feel the summer, the last warm rays of the sun - absorbed and stored by the dark humus.

- The natural supply of moisture is of course much safer in autumn, towards winter, than with a spring planting. Please keep track of the amount of water the sky has actually released with the help of a rain gauge. Or rather, do a spade test - how deep the moisture has penetrated into the ground.

- Now it is completely relaxed to shop, you will not experience the rush, the sometimes hectic pace of a sales day on the first beautiful spring weekend.

The experts now have wonderful time for optimal advice and thus optimal results.


Autumn planting time also means:

it is the ideal time to transplant trees in the garden, to divide perennials, to redesign them.

Please always keep in mind: The floor has a memory, it resents us if we work on it, step on it, put heavy loads on it when it is wet!


No rules without exception.

There are plants for which a spring planting is more optimal than an autumn planting.

This includes the grasses (also bamboo), torch lilies or peonies.

It should of course be a matter of course to prepare a beautiful new home for all plants. Always think about the move, the change of location, the stress for a plant. A location according to the very special preferences and a soil that provides the plant with everything and allows it to take root are essential.

With 150 grams of Oscorna soil activator

+ 100 grams of Oscorna Animalin or Tree shrub hedges or rose fertilizer or rhododendron fertilizer per m² the "table" is already set in autumn and the plants are really well taken care of.

In addition, you can spread some leaves on the ground. A wonderful protection against drought and frost in the root area.


For bog plants such as azaleas and rhododendrons, please only give a maximum of 50-80g / m² Oscorna soil activator.


Many rhododendrons got yellow leaves this autumn. Heavy rainfall has washed away the nutrients from these typical shallow roots. Do you still have some Oscorna rhodium fertilizer on hand? Sprinkle!

Only purely organic fertilizers are suitable in autumn, artificial fertilizers wash out when it rains or lead to possibly strong unnatural growth.


I wish you warm, sunny garden days in October. Gardening fun.

Greetings to all beds, buckets, boxes and gardens in Northern Germany

and to your favorite gardener



Gerhard Preuss

Oscorna natural fertilizer

Consistently natural, organic gardening for over 75 years

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Garden letter September 2012

Dear gardening friends!


Do you also have the late summer blues?

Everything seems slowed down! Is it the warm autumn colors, the spider webs between anemones and rose hips, the potato harvest with a small, spicy fire and stick bread baking or the smells of the steaming plum cake?

Hopefully a warm autumn is approaching with many hours in nature.

The gardener likes to work intensively, especially in autumn. He only fears wetness, frost and the short days that hold him back. But then he retreats into his arbor, reading garden books, for example. The own garden diary is finally completed, a new prong is carved for the wooden rake.

My garden diary has a new entry from my summer vacation. Even if our own journey did not lead very far this year - it was amazing how a (well-known plant) fascinated us there.

Alcea rosea

Hollyhocks in all colors, hollyhocks on all the house walls, hollyhocks between rotten fence slats, hollyhocks up to the sky and back.

"must-have" said my wife!

"With pleasure!

This usually biennial plant has a place in our cottage garden; after all, it is almost synonymous with the classic cottage garden. We choose the single-flowered varieties because the double varieties don't like rain at all. Air movement is important and a more dry, permeable soil should be chosen.

Hollyhocks on Rügen, but hollyhocks on summer vacation are never hollyhocks in the North German lowlands, in the moor near Buxtehude! "

The Italian wine from the summer vacation, it tastes different - on the terrace in Neuharlingersiel.

So a quick snapshot and a nose full of pollen. Precious memories.

Somehow history reminded me of the great botanists and plant collectors. Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) dug up 6000 king lily bulbs in China, for example, then he was hit by a rockfall on the way back and his leg was badly injured. However, despite the severe infection, it could be saved, thank God. The injury is never completely healed, he hobbled the rest of his life. He himself spoke of his "lily limp".

Today a visit to your favorite gardener is enough, completely safe. Give him my warmest regards!

For Your plants /For I would like to give you the following tips for your garden:

The lavender has faded - please cut back at short notice so that the new shoots have enough time to mature before winter. A dose of Oscorna Soil Activator is mandatory and makes it strong.

Harvested Vegetable patches possibly order again with spinach or lamb's lettuce - please pay attention to the crop rotation. Otherwise, please sow green manure. Your Lielingsgärtner has a corresponding range.