Having your own garden can be a relaxing and enjoyable way to improve the appearance of your yard and give pleasure to all who view it. You can follow these suggestions to help you on your way to creating a beautiful garden. You will be sure to enjoy the time spent admiring your garden.
Try planting a ‘one-color’ garden bed. While this takes quite a bit of work, due to the limitations of the color palette, it can create a very striking visual. The emphasis is placed more on shape and structure, and it is especially helpful in a small garden, as it makes the area appear much larger. Remember that ‘one-color’ doesn’t mean a single shade. Use all shades in the color palette. For example a blue garden can feature flowers in shades of blue, purple and mauve.
One of the best aspects of gardening is when you start to eat the food that you actually planted yourself. This means that you will want to protect your garden from all kinds of unwanted pests. One of the worst enemies of many garden types is the common slug.
Save money on your plants by buying healthy plants. That dying flower in the dollar section might look like an inexpensive addition to your garden, but you will spend a lot trying to bring it back to life. Fixing a dying plant requires fertilizer, insecticides, and many hours of valuable time. Pay a little more for the healthy plant to save money in the long run.
Keep your container plants watered if you go on a short vacation. If you are away from home for a few days, this short-term measure will keep your plants happy. Put the container in a shady spot, fill a bucket with water and place it on bricks so that it is higher than the container. Suspend a length of capillary mattings between the bucket and the container. This will transport water to the soil consistently and keep your container plant sufficiently moist.
Planting a garden at the right time is important. Learn when your area will have it’s expected last frost. Some plants can go in the ground a little before that time, others must wait until after. There are some plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, that need to be started from seed indoors well before the last frost date.
For those new to gardening it is suggested to experiment with annuals. The following varieties are hardy, thrive in average soil, and take minimum care: sweet alyssum, marigold, zinnia, sunflower, nasturtium, petunia and verbena. Just remember to deadhead them frequently to encourage new flowers to grow.
Plant fruits and vegetables that you know you like. If you have children, having them help in the garden will make them want to eat the food that they grow. You will be able to save money on your fresh produce as well as know that your family is eating the best produce around.
It isn’t necessary to have a huge back yard or large space in order to be a gardener. It is even possible to have a small garden somewhere like an apartment. If you live in a smaller space you will want to look into the possibility of having a potted garden in your laundry area.
Grow a herb garden. You can buy packaged herbs, but it’s much more economical to grow your own. Grow them where they are easy to pick, such as in a garden bed near your back door, in pots on the patio, or in a kitchen window box. Herbs require plenty of sun and good soil. Moisture requirements depend on the variety of herb. Herbs that are easy to grow include chives, parsley, sweet basil, sage, thyme and rosemary.
If you have a good season, do not let your vegetables go to waste. Give them away to family, friends and neighbors. You can also preserve them for future use by canning, freezing or dehydrating the excess vegetables. If you still have too much, call your local food bank to see if they except donations.
Give the slugs a good send-off. While there are many commercial slug baits on the market, you can create a ‘humane’ way of getting rid of them. Cut a 2-inch end off the bottom of a soda bottle and bury it in the soil next to a plant that they favor, with a slight lip showing aboveground level. Fill it halfway with beer. The slugs will be attracted to the sweetness of the beer, climb in, and drink themselves into a happy (and terminal) stupor.
It is very important that you know what kinds of plants can grow in what seasons as well as how long it will take them to sprout properly. This means that you will want to plant the produce a little bit before its actual season so that it will grow correctly.
When planning your first garden start small. Many people try to do too much when they first start planning. They don’t realize all of the work that goes into a garden and so they get in over their head. Start with no bigger than a one hundred square foot plot, and your garden will have a much better chance of succeeding.
Be careful when applying mulch. Too much can suffocate a plant’s roots and prevent moisture from penetrating deeply into the soil. Too little will not be able to suppress weed growth, effectively. An appropriate amount is 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch. Always keep mulch away from a plant’s crown or stems.
Keep a garden journal. The more information you collect about your site, your plants, and successes or failures in the garden, the less likely you are to make costly mistakes in the future. Although there are many resources to guide you, the most important resource is your own experience. Always be sure to record important information, like the name and variety of the plant, the date it was planted, and where in the garden it is located.
The tips in this article are designed to assist you in creating the garden you want in your yard. By employing these ideas, you will be well on your way to having the garden you desire to have. Your neighbors are sure to appreciate the visual attraction it adds to the neighborhood.