Is the grass always greener over there? You probably want to know if your neighbor just has a green thumb, or a more practical method to keep his garden in such good shape. The fact is, there is no secret in getting a beautiful garden. It just requires you to properly be looking after your plants, and a little know how. Begin your search for gardening knowledge with the tips below and get ready to develop an even greener thumb.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Cover any wall or fence with climbers. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. There are many varieties you can choose from. Honeysuckle, climbing roses and jasmine are among the best.
If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. Most bulbs are extremely hearty and grow easily. They also come back year after year. Find out which flowers will bloom when and then plant a variety, so that you can have fresh blooms all the way through the spring and summer!
Prepare your seeds by soaking them in a dark environment. Drop your seeds into a small jar that is filled with cold water. This will hydrate the seeds and facilitate growth. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.
Sometimes the soil you want to use for your garden has a high alkaline content. Combine coffee grounds with the soil to reduce this. Used coffee grounds will add acidity, helping to optimize the soil’s pH. You will discover that your vegetables are more flavorful than ever before.
Draw up a garden plan before you plant the first seed. A thoughtful plan can remind you of previous plantings and what you will see appearing from the soil in the months of spring and summer. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
Are fresh mint leaves something you love but cannot stand how quickly they grow all over your garden? Try to keep your mint in a container in your garden to stop their rampage. This container can be placed in the soil if you prefer the look of mint in your garden, and it will continue to contain the roots of your mint and prevent it from taking over.
Try placing evergreens that grow berries around your garden. Your yard will then have bright spots of color all year round, which is especially cheerful in the winter when all of your other flora is bare or colorless. Some evergreens that will add life to your yard in the wintertime are the American Cranberrybush, Common Snowberry, Winterberry, and American holly.
Now that you’ve reached the end of this article, you realize that the advice is not difficult to follow at all. All it takes is some basic information and then you can set out to apply those ideas within your garden. Monitor the response of your plants when you apply these tips. When one technique fails, try something new. After some time, your neighbors will be envious of you!