Gardening is more than decorating. It’s more than just a simple activity for a green-thumbed hobbyist. Gardening can have a very calming effect, and can really slow life down a bit, allowing you to find your inner peace. The dividends you yield are considerable, in particular when you mature into a great gardener.
Start your seedlings in pots inside and then transplant them into your garden. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. The period between plantings will also be shorter. You will have healthy seedlings that are ready to be planted when you get rid of old plants.
There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Once weekly, spray this mixture to the affected areas of your plants, and the mildew should be eliminated shortly. Do not worry about your plants; the baking soda cannot harm them.
You may be able to re-pot some plants to bring indoors for the winter. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.
Plant bulbs if you want spring and summer flowers. Bulbs are generally very simple to grow and hearty, as well; they will continue to grow for years. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it! This way, you will remember the places you planted your seeds when they start sprouting. It’s also a good way to keep smaller plants from getting swallowed up by the rest of your garden.
Mint leaves are wonderful, but don’t you despise how quickly they can take over a garden due to rapid growth? Rein their growth; you can do this simply by planting mint inside a larger garden container or pot. You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.
Try dividing the irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. Each new piece you cut should possess at least one healthy offshoot. Replant your new rhizome pieces as soon as you have finished the cuttings.
Take what you learned from this article and bring your garden back to life. When your plants are blooming and alive, you will be so glad you did. Gardening may change your life if you let it, now get started.