A garden is more than just a way to decorate. It is more than just an activity for the 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 effects can be profound if you’re good at it.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Use pots to start your plants, then transfer them to a garden when they become seedlings. They are more likely to survive the transition to adulthood with this method. It also lets you have tighter control over the planting periods in your garden. Once the fully matured plants are removed, the seedlings can be planted.
Beginning your garden with healthy soil is your first defense against pests! Healthier plants are greater in strength and resistance to illness and insects. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
Use climbers if you want to cover any fences or walls. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. Some climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
For flowers throughout the spring and the summer, be sure to plant some bulbs. Bulbs are hearty and will continue to grow every year. Keep in mind that different bulb types bloom differently and at different time periods, so when you choose a bulb plan accordingly, you can have your plant blooms lasting spring into summer.
Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.
Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed. This holds true for some types of flowers.
Use these tips to bring life back to your garden. When the day comes that your plants are tall and smiling, you will be too. If you allow it, gardening will change your life. So get started!