A garden is more than just a way to decorate. It is not reserved for just a few select green thumbs. It can help a person appreciate life and enjoy peace and tranquility. Even better if you’re a good gardener, you can see tremendous effects.
Try planting your plants in flower pots first, then transferring them to your garden once they have had a bit of time to grow. This insures that the plants will grow and thrive into adulthood. This is also a good way to tighten up your planting schedule. When you remove your mature plants, the next batch of seedlings should be ready.
If you have any mildew on the plants, do not go out and buy anything. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.
Be sure to do some weeding on a regular basis. Weeds steal nutrients from plants, robbing a garden of its potential harvest. For this task, try using white vinegar. Yes, white vinegar actually kills weeds! Use a spray bottle full of white vinegar and you won’t have to use your hands.
Bulbs planted in the spring can flower all the way into summer. Bulbs will grow every year and are easier to take care of than seeds. Remember that different bulbs will bloom at all different times of the year, so if you are careful to choose the right bulbs, you will see blooms in the early spring, and have flowers all the way to late summer.
You should divide irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. If you notice a dead foliage, lift the bulb. The bulbs should automatically divide in your palm, and once you put them back into the earth, they will typically flower the following year. Utilize a knife if you are trying to divide rhizomes. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
The best gardens will evolve from original seeds rather than transplanted items. Once the plant is healthy enough, replant it in your garden with the appropriate type of soil. The planters used to hold nursery plants are generally not made from eco-friendly materials, and thus get thrown into landfills. Starting from seeds, or buying from one of the few nurseries that use biodegradable planters, prevents this.
Consider planting evergreens that produce berries in your yard. These year-round berries will give the rest of your yard a much-needed pop of color, especially in the winter. There is quite a variety of plants that will give your garden a splash of color during winter, including the American Cranberrybush, American Holly, Common Snowberry or Winterberry.
Use the tips you just read to revitalize your garden with your new found green thumb. Ultimately, when you see your plants bloom and full of life, you will be happy you did. If you start gardening, it can really make a difference in your life, so start now!