Owning and maintaining a successful garden is about more than just having a “green thumb” or knowing when to plant your tomatoes. There is plenty that can be learned through everyday knowledge and tips that experienced gardeners are often willing to share with any listening ears. All you have to do is be interested in learning the right way.
For the fall season, plant a few fall edible plants in your garden containers. Beautiful selections of kale and mustard greens, have lovely shades of greens and purples and offer different textures to the arrangement. Add a few edible pansies to bring color to the green textures. The combination is fetching and will last well into the winter.
Clay soil is hard and will also stick to a shovel, making it difficult to work with. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Consider starting your plants in pots and then planting the seedlings in your garden. Your plants will be more likely to survive if you do this. This is also a good way to tighten up your planting schedule. Your seedlings will be ready to be planted when you remove your old mature plants.
When the vegetable season is over, grow a shoulder season crop if possible. Fruits like strawberries or raspberries bear fruit very early or very late in the season before or after the summer vegetable crops take over and can be planted. Raspberries can be planted to bear fruit in the fall and strawberries can be planted to bear fruit in the spring.
Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. Fast growing biennials and annuals can enliven a flower bed while letting you change up the look each season and year. Sunny areas in the middle of shrubs and perennials can be filled in nicely with these plants. Some excellent choices include rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflower, cosmos, petunia and marigold.
Be realistic about the types of plants you can grow in your garden. If a particular plant has failed you in the past, don’t try it again. You need to right kind of climate, soil, and sun/shade ratio for certain plants. If you don’t have it, no amount of effort will make those plants a success. Choosing realistically will increase your yield while decreasing your effort.
When it is spring and time to plant, do you have a hard time remembering what your gardens looked like the year before so that you know where to plant your new bulbs? This year, take pictures of your spring garden, and in the fall have a look at them. If you see a place in the yard that is bare and in need of a new daffodil, you can be confident on where to plant the new bulbs!
Through the article, you should have picked up on a few tips that will help you plant and raise your garden with a little better results. As you can see, it takes a combination of time, care, and planning to make it reach the full potential. Of course, having a “green thumb” doesn’t hurt.