Tending a garden is a relaxing past-time that can also serve as therapy. Just a few of the common questions gardeners have are what type of soil to use, what kind of equipment is needed, and when is the best time for planting seeds. Here you will find some helpful tips for the garden.
Try using annuals and biennials to add color to your flower beds, and brighten them up. These flowers grow quickly and can be planted at any time during the year. If you want to maintain a flower garden all year or you want to add new flowers to reflect the changing seasons, annuals and biennials are for you. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. Reliable varieties include clematis, honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine and climbing roses.
Prior to planting your garden, devise a plan. This is a good way to remember which plants have been planted in each area before they grow. In addition, your small plants or groups of plants that are limited in number won’t become lost if you have a large garden.
It is a good idea to invest in a good pair of knee pads, made specifically for horticulture. They can be very helpful when working close to the ground on low-growth plants. Your knees will take a beating if you spend a great deal of time on the ground while tending your garden. Investing in a comfortable pair of knee pads made specifically for horticulture can really reduce the pain you may feel from the pressure of being on your knees for extended periods.
Allow enough room between plants for air to circulate, so that plants do not stay too wet. Moisture on plants is sure to attract disease and parasites. A fungus is one of the most important and debilitating parasites for plants. Fungicide sprays can deal with fungal infestations, but they are most effective if you apply them before a fungus problem becomes noticeable.
Divide your irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. After the foliage dies, pick up bulbous irises. As soon as you pick up the bulb, it’ll split into pieces. That’s okay – in fact, it’s desirable. You can replant the bulb pieces and next year you’ll have a healthy bed of new irises. Utilize a knife if you are trying to divide rhizomes. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Replant immediately.
Be sure your garden is fertilized. Manure can help grow plants, but to eliminate risk of pathogens, try using a type of commercially composted product. Of all the fertilizing options available, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose as long as you use something.
Your garden can bring you joy, but you have to know a lot to take proper care of it. With a thoughtful plan and correct information your garden will soon bloom and flourish. Simply use the advice presented here and wonderful garden will be growing from your land.