There is a lot of information you must learn before taking your garden and turning it into a masterpiece. If you go in without knowing what you’re doing, you’ll be putting in a lot of hard work for nothing. You’ll never experience the fun that comes with horticulture. Following are a few tips that can make your gardening time more fun and less work.
Shoveling clay is very difficult and lots of work because the clay is hard and sticks to the shovel, making it tough to handle. To make the clay soft so you aren’t working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Lay the handles on the floor, then run the measuring tape down next to them. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. Now you have easy access to a long ruler whenever you are horticulture.
Cover any wall or fence with climbers. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Climbing roses, honeysuckle, wisteria, clematis, and jasmine are some great plants to try out.
Bring some plants into your home to protect them against winter weather. You can save the ones you spent the most money on or the ones that are resistant. Dig the plant up without damaging the roots and place it a big enough pot.
Coffee grounds can be used to amend soils that are high in alkaline. The coffee grounds provide a cheap way to re-supply needed acid to the dirt. The plants will be healthier, leading to more delicious home-grown veggies.
Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. If you’ve got tender shrubs which are potted, you need to protect them from cold weather. First tie together the tops; then take a sheet or blanket and loosely shroud the wigwam. This will work better than wrapping your plant with plastic, because air can still circulate, which will help to prevent rotting.
To give them a boost, pour out any leftover water from steaming or boiling vegetables on the plants or soil around them. If you have rhododendrons or gardenias, use coffee and tea grounds to acidify the soil. If you find that you have a fungus problem, try sprinkling some chamomile tea on your plants.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.