Now is the time of year to spend time preparing and tending to your garden. Here are some tips that will make your flowers flourish and your plants thrive:
- Before you begin: Discover your garden’s potential. Make sure you pay attention to what areas of your garden receive the most sun, shade, and wind. It would also be a good idea to test your soil. This will assist you in choosing the right plants and assist in determining where each plant should go.
- Before you buy: Make sure you know how much space you’re working with so you don’t buy too many plants and flowers. As beautiful and varied as they are, too many flowers will make your garden look overcrowded.
- Buying on a budget: If you’re on a tight budget, you might want to buy your flowers during the off season. Keep your eyes open for sales; online auctions can be another option because they can be a gold mine when purchasing flowers, or trade cuttings with friends and neighbours.
- Hardiness zones: Several gardening books and websites explain Hardiness zones throughout North America. Knowing this type of valuable information will assist you in choosing your plants with the greatest survivability in your area.
- Choosing your plants: Short and stocky plants are hardier and more stable than tall, thin ones. Make sure you turn the container over to make sure the roots aren’t too compacted and twisted. Also check for bugs and diseases. Avoid purchasing plants that are already in bloom. Plants that haven’t flowered yet will have more stamina to survive transplanting.
- Maximizing light exposure: If your garden doesn’t have southern exposure, find ways to trim back taller plants or tree branches to let more light where it’s needed.
- Group Plants: Plants that require lots of water together.
- Don’t water plants in the scorching heat: You should also avoid watering plants in the middle of the day. Plants and flowers will absorb more, if you water them in the morning or early evening.
- To serve and protect: Look for plants that will thrive throughout the season. For example, marigolds keep pests away from tomatoes, peppermint repels, white cabbage moth and perennial chives discourage aphids. Other pairings like these will confuse pests, improve soil quality, provide shelter from the wind and even enhance flavours of edible plants.
- Milk mate: Milk is an effective fungicide when sprayed on leaves. Dilute it as much as you like or use it at full strength. Lower fats milks are less likely to clog your spray nozzle.
- Prosperous perennials: To ensure your perennials thrive and develop healthy roots, make sure the soil has good drainage. Combine mineral conditioner with organic matter like peat moss, compost or grass clippings to provide your plants with nutrient-rich soil.
- Mulches: Woodchips, leaves, even newspaper can be used as mulch. Organic materials such as these lay on top of the soil helps water absorption and prevents weeds from growing.
- Deadheading: keeps new blooms from coming.
- Most gardening experts recommend cleaning your garden tools. Doing this makes them last longer, prevents rust and stops you from spreading diseases from plant to plant and flower to flower. Soapy water can also help to solve this. Using a small amount of bleach will kill off any spores or diseases that may cling to the tools.
- Container gardening: Don’t use soil from your garden or yard. Regular soil that is used in containers will compact and harden, which results in dead plants. Container soils are special blends that don’t contain soil. They’re blends of peat, perlite, or vermiculite, which promote good drainage and air circulation, but they require regular watering to keep from drying out.
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