A garden can provide far more than just decorative appeal. For some people, gardening is more than a hobby. It can give a gardener a feeling of peace. If you become a avid gardener, it will have a great effect on your way of living.
Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. Certain perennials that don’t have tough leaves are especially tasty to snails and slugs. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. This will hydrate the seeds and facilitate growth. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather. With a sheet or blanket, you want to loosely cover the wigwam after you tie the tops of the canes together. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
Try placing evergreens that grow berries around your garden. The berries will provide a boost of color to your backyard, even during the colder months when most of the other vegetation has been drained of their color. These plants can help you get some color during the winter months: Winterberry, Common Snowberry, American Holly, and American Cranberrybush.
Purchase a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool to use in your garden. Spending too much time on the ground working can be quite hard on your knees, and a gardening stool can help alleviate this, plus make things more comfortable for you. It is also normal to move heavy objects and dirt around the garden, so a wheelbarrow is something you should have.
Be smart about how you water your garden. To save time, use a soaker type hose so each plant doesn’t need individual watering from the nozzle of a hose or a little watering can. Be sure to keep the pressure of the water on low so that the hose does not damage the tender plants. Keep the water turned on for about two hours; while your plants are being watered, you will have time for other activities.
Use the above tips to revitalize your garden. When you see your plants and flowers alive and flourishing, you will feel a sense of happiness that you helped to make that happen. Gardening can have a powerful effect on your life, so give it a try.