Gather some ideas for planning your garden, whether it will be for home or commercial use. These tips will help you save money on equipment, and select the best methods to use in your garden.
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. Lay the handles onto the floor and place a measuring tape beside them. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. Now, the next time you do work in the garden, you’ll actually have a ruler at your fingertips.
Use both biennials and annuals to add color to your flower bed. By utilizing quick-growing biennials and annuals, not only will you be brightening up your flower bed, you can also alter its look each season and each year. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. Notable varieties include cosmos, rudbeckia, petunia, hollyhock, marigold and sunflower.
When winter comes around, save some plants by putting them in the house. It’s a good idea to save any expensive plants or those that will thrive in indoor heat. Carefully loosen the dirt around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot filled with the same soil.
Use bulbs to ensure continuous flowers throughout the spring and summer. Not only are bulbs hearty and easy to grow, but they’ll continue to grow as time goes on. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.
Keep your fragile shrubs protected from the winter weather. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. Pull the canes together at the top and securely tie them. Next, using a sheet or perhaps even a blanket, cover the structure. This is better than using plastic to wrap the plant, as more air can circulate.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. A border of marigolds or onions around your veggies can prevent slugs. You can also mulch around trees and shrubs with wood ash, which drives away insects. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
When you water your garden, do it with care. 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. Use low water pressure with your soaker hose so that the force of the water does not harm sprouts and seedlings. Set the soaker hose to water your all your plants over a couple hours, and then you will be free to get other things done.
It just requires doing research, working a lot outside, and having a lot of patience. The work will pay off, once you see how you can make something grow.