There is much more to gardening than just having something pretty to look at. It is even more than a hobby for the green thumbs! Becoming involved in gardening is a great way to find peace in your life, and gain an appreciation for the world around you. Once you develop some skill, you can make a profound effect.
The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. Plants that climb are extraordinarily versatile, and can help hide an unsightly wall or fence, usually within one season. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. 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. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
If you would like to have flowers in your garden that last through the spring and summer seasons, plant bulbs. Not only are bulbs hearty and easy to grow, but they’ll continue to grow as time goes on. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.
Shelter your deciduous shrubs. Tender shrubs are very sensitive to cold weather, especially those that are planted in pots. You want to then tie the tops of the canes together, and cover them with a sheet or blanket. This is a much better method, instead of putting the plastic wrap around the plant. It allows proper air circulation that can prevent rotting.
Get gardening knee pads if you have low-growing plants. Long hours spent in the garden will wreak havoc on your knees. Buy yourself a pair of knee pads to use in the garden to cushion and protect your knees.
Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. While broad-spectrum pesticides will kill most pests, they will also kill helpful insects. The bugs you need are often more fragile than the ones you don’t: a pesticide could actually kill the beneficial insects while leaving the pests unaffected. This ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
Use these tips to bring life back to 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 is a potentially life altering activity, but only if you permit it, so why not start now?