Why not learn something new about becoming a better gardener? If you ascertain beforehand exactly what you need, you will not be throwing away money on unnecessary items, or plants that are not suited to your environment.
Prior to planting anything in your garden, check your soil. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. A lot of cooperative extension offices can provide this service to you and it is worth knowing what you need to do in order to avoid ruining your plants.
Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees, you should consider protecting them, especially if they do best in warm environments. Join them together at the top, and use a blanket or old sheet to cover them. In contrast to wrapping the plant with plastic, this method promotes air circulation, which stops the plant from rotting.
Irises can be easily divided. The more you divide clusters of irises, the more your irises will multiply. Pick up bulbous irises after the foliage dies. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. Cut rhizomes from around the outside then throw away the remaining center. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
To ensure a healthy garden, make sure you surround your plants with a few inches of good organic mulch. The mulch help keeps the soil that is around the plants much more moist for much longer. It also keeps weeds from growing. This can save you a lot of time and effort in pulling out the weeds.
Purchase a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool to use in your garden. Spending a lot of time near the ground working is very hard on the knees, so a lightweight and portable garden stool will make horticulture more comfortable. Horticulture also requires transporting heavy objects and lots of dirt, so purchasing a wheelbarrow can be a very smart investment.
To keep dogs from disturbing your garden, spray some old aftershave, cologne, perfume or other strongly-scented products in the dirt or grass surrounding it. These scents overpower the garden’s scents, which causes your dog to lose interest.
When gardening outdoors, you must always wear sunscreen and appropriate attire; this will help to protect you from sun damage. Clothing should keep your skin covered, and don’t forget to wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Wearing sun protection will prevent your skin from burning and by extension will reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
One way to encourage an organic garden to be sustainable and healthy is to put aside a section to stay undeveloped, thus encouraging wildlife to approach it. The presence of native flowers, trees and grasses will attract birds and insects. You will be rewarded by an appealing and flourishing landscape.
It just requires doing research, working a lot outside, and having a lot of patience. Your efforts will be rewarded by a great garden, and the satisfaction of having created something yourself.