You need to know some basics related to improving your garden for your family, your business, or simply yourself. You can determine all the things that you need so that you don’t waste any money on equipment that isn’t needed, or the wrong seeds for your type of environment.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. You can label distances using a permanent marker. Now when you go to work in the garden, you will have a ruler that is large at your fingertips!
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 can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
In a dark area, pre-soak your seeds overnight. Put a few seeds in a small container and fill it near to the top with water. This will hydrate the seeds and facilitate growth. Your seeds will then have the best chance possible to survive to maturity.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Fasten the tops of the canes together, and cover this wigwam loosely with a cloth. This method is much better than wrapping the plant in plastic, as it allows air to circulate, which can prevent rotting.
The best gardens from an environmental standpoint originate from seeds, instead of plants. When you grow a new garden, start the environmental way, from seeds. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
To create an English garden, combine a lot of different plants in the same garden. By using plants which are all the same height your garden will appear flat and boring.
Try to put an aspirin in the water to get rid of plant diseases. One and a half aspirin, dissolved in two gallons of water, can be a great addition to your plants. Spray the plants with the aspirin water to assist plants in battling disease. Plants should be sprayed once every two to three weeks.
Take care of your knees while working in the garden. Most people can’t bend over while standing up for a long period of time. Kneeling is a preferred way to get to your plants while minimizing back pain. You can use knee pads to kneel without the pain.
Plant your seeds carefully, taking your time. First, you should loosen the soil, and ensure that it is sufficiently moist. Then you want to spread your seeds evenly while making sure that they have enough room to grow. Place them at a soil depth that is triple the length of the seeds themselves. Some seeds require light for growing and must not be buried.
In order to maximize the efficiency of your gardening, ensure your gardening tools are kept close by you. Carry a large bucket with you or wear pants with a lot of pockets. Keep all of the tools you use and your gloves handy and will help you work more efficiently.
Spacing is an important factor to consider when planting your garden. People often underestimate how much space plants will need when once they’re grown. This will give you enough room to work around your garden without smashing any plants. Plant the plants appropriately when it comes to spacing the seeds.
All it takes is a little knowledge, a bit of work, and a whole lot of patience. All the work will be worthwhile, when you experience the satisfaction of a thriving garden established by your own effort.