Gardening can be a challenging idea to grasp. Some people may not believe it’s possible to convert a concrete or gravel patch into a green, manicured lawn or a floral collection of roses and snapdragons, but it is possible. Hard work, a shovel, and the right knowledge, are all the necessary tools to fine gardening. Truly successful gardens are the ones that are best thought out by thoughtful landscapers.
If you want flowers in spring and summer, plant bulbs in the garden. Bulbs are easy to grow and hearty, and they keep growing in years to come. The types of bulbs you use will determine the time of year your flowers will bloom, giving you the pleasure of blooms from spring to summer, if you plant them right.
If you are not a fan of wearing gloves when gardening but still hate dirty fingernails, try scraping your fingernails in a bar of soap prior to beginning. The soap will keep soil from entering underneath your nails, plus the soap will help keep your nails from cracking or breaking.
Create a certain mood for your garden. Just as with interior design, one of the most exciting aspects of garden design is using color to create a mood or feeling. Use soft blues and purples for a cool and soothing atmosphere, yellows for cheerfulness, and reds and oranges to create excitement. If you are uncomfortable when deciding on colors, choose plants with grey-green or silvery foliage to mix in with your flowers. They will act as a ‘buffer’ between incompatible colors and link different color schemes.
Recycle your coffee grounds and use them to acidify the soil for all of your acid loving plants. Plants that like an acidic soil include roses, tomatoes, cyclamen, violets, gardenias, begonias and hibiscus. Apply the grounds approximately one quarter inch thick for the best results. If you don’t care for coffee, leftover tea will produce the same results.
Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. Wood ash also makes a great insect deterrent; simply use it as mulch around your shrub and tree seedlings. You will be able to stay away from harsh chemical based pesticides by incorporating these techniques into your gardening.
Choose certain plants for shady areas. All plants need light to survive, but not all of them require bright sunshine. Woodland natives, for example, are happiest when given a little protection from the sun’s rays. Be generous when enriching the soil if the plants are under a canopy of trees, as they are competing for the food supply with the big guys! Ajuga, anemone, foxglove, cyclamen, hosta, viola and allium all enjoy a shady area.
Gardening is more about effort than anything else. Dedication to a garden, from its caretaker, will help it bloom to its fullest potential. The right way to grow a garden is by learning the correct way to go about caretaking for one. It is easier to maintain a garden than you think.