Why not learn something new about becoming a better gardener? With a little research, you can learn exactly what you need, which will keep you from spending money on seeds you can’t use, or unnecessary equipment.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. Snails and slugs have a good time destroying perennials that are young and have tender and smooth thin leaves. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.
If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. You may also be interested in training them over an arbor or trellis. You can also grow them among existing landscape trees and plants. Some climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.
It is important to choose the right type of soil if you want to achieve the best results. Different types of plants require different soils, so check soil requirements for the ones you choose. It’s also possible to make a fabricated area that contains only one type of soil.
Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
Fill your garden with bulbs if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers through the spring and into summer. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. Specific types of bulbs usually bloom at specific times of the season, so if you make appropriate selections, you can be rewarded with blooms from the early part of spring to the later part of summer.
If you’re growing veggies in the garden, they need to be in a spot that lets them get about six hours of sun daily. Most vegetables need that much sun to grow rapidly and successfully. Some flowers also have the same needs.
All you need is a little homework, some work in the outdoors, and some patience. You will feel a sense of reward when you start seeing how you made something grow from nothing.
Originally posted 2013-09-26 17:56:39.