Learn some tips to assist you in cultivating a beautiful garden for your personal enjoyment, your business or your family. Don’t waste money on equipment, plants or seeds without first figuring out exactly what you need.
Trying to shovel through clay soil can be extremely difficult and tiresome. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. This will make your task easier because the clay won’t stick to the shovel. It will also keep your garden tool from rusting.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. When you are gardening next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.
Bulbs will give you wonderful flowers that you can enjoy in early spring and right through the summer. Most bulbs are extremely hearty and grow easily. They also come back year after year. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.
In a place that’s dark, pre-soak the seeds. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. This increases the chances of survival for the seeds.
You can plant wheat grass or cat grass near the plants that the cat eats. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.
Protect your deciduous shrubs which are tender. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Tie together the tops. Once the canes are snugly together, put a sheet over the wigwam. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Make sure that you divide your irises! Increase your iris population when you divide up overgrown clumps. Pick up bulbous irises after the foliage dies. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. You can split the Rhizomes production by cutting off thin portions from the exterior and discarding the remaining insides. There needs to be a minimum of one healthy offshoot on each of the new sprout sections. Replant each one immediately.
All you need to achieve your results are a bit of patience, a little outdoors work, and the right learning beforehand. All the work will be worthwhile, when you experience the satisfaction of a thriving garden established by your own effort.