Learn techniques that can enable you to grow a more beautiful garden for yourself, your family or your work. Determine what you need so you don’t spend money on equipment you do not need, or on seeds that don’t work in your area.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. When you are gardening next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.
Plant vines like ivy to cover fences and dividing walls. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
Fill your garden with bulbs if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers through the spring and into summer. Bulbs are usually very hearty and very easy to grow, and bulbs will grow year after year. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.
Draw up a garden plan before you plant the first seed. Use this to remind you where certain things were planted, later when they start sprouting. You can also prevent yourself from losing small plants within a large garden.
Separate irises. Increase your iris population when you divide up overgrown clumps. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. Make use of a knife to split up rhizomes. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. Each piece needs one strong offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
Fertilizer is important when you garden. Manure is great in enabling plants to grow, although it’s vital to use commercially composted products in order to lessen the risk of a variety of pathogens. You have many different choices for fertilizer; choose whichever is best-suited to your plants but definitely use one.
You must do a bit of research, enjoy working outside a good deal of the time, and have lots of patience. All the work will be worthwhile, when you experience the satisfaction of a thriving garden established by your own effort.