If you have visions of a healthy, lush, green garden, there are things you should consider on your way to that goal. While gardening is lots of work, it is also enjoyable! Below you will find some wonderful tips for making gardening more fun and less work!
To prevent shocking your plants, you must gradually introduce new temperatures and other conditions to them. When starting the transition, leave the plants in the sun for just 1-2 hours. Throughout the week, gradually increase the time they are spent outside. By the time the week ends, your plants will be ready for their big move and should have no problems!
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Some varieties of these plants are campanula, helleborus, heuchera, or euphorbia.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. There are those that have to be fixed to a support, but others will find a surface to cling to all on their own through twining stems or tendrils. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of your soil. Soil analysis costs a little money, but the report can inform you how to enrich your soil and open the door to a lush garden. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
Seeds should be soaked in a dark area overnight. Place your seeds in a container filled with water. This hydrates your seeds and jump-starts their growth. The seeds will now have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
If your soil has a problem with high alkaline levels, mixing in some coffee grounds that have been used is a great solution. Coffee grounds are an affordable means of adding acid to the soil so that it is pH-balanced. When you can eliminate excess alkaline from the soil, it makes what you are growing much healthier. This means your veggies will taste better, and your flowers will be more vibrant than ever.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.