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Buy Annual Plants and Flowers
Annual plants are grown from the seed and die within the same year, so these types of plant are the easiest to grow. When sowing the seeds, you don’t have to worry about being late in the season, as your annual plant will just flower later. Geraniums, Petunias and Pansies are a few popular annual flowers. In the wintertime make sure to keep your seeds in a cool, dry and dark place. The best way to store them is in an envelope within a container, left to cool in the fridge.
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Create a Natural Looking Garden
A flower bed should look vibrant and natural. If you plant your bulbs in a row, your flower arrangement will look too organized and controlled. Nature is wild and beautiful, so planting your bulbs in clumps makes for a much more natural effect. Try to avoid having large patches of soil in your flower bed, as soil attracts weeds. Fill this space with decorative plants and garden accessories or ornaments.
Hire a Landscape Architect
If you think you could use some professional advice and expertise then you might want to hire a landscape architect. Choosing a landscape architect to enhance your garden, is a very sensible idea that will probably save you a lot of money in the long run. Landscape architects will help you to assess your garden and advise you on the best plants for your area.
Create a Compost Heap
Compost heaps are essential for garden maintenance. The way they work is that bacteria breaks down plant waste to create carbon dioxide and heat. The compost can then be used to fertilize your soil. Fill a compost heap with vegetable peelings, fruit waste, tea bags and loose grass. You could purchase a compost bin or make your own.
Control Garden Pests
Garden pests like slugs, snails and aphids are notorious for destroying newly planted flowers and plants. To protect your garden, spread some coffee grounds amongst any seedlings to keep slugs in particular away. They hate the caffeine and won’t go near it. To keep squirrels and mice away, you might want to protect your flower beds with chicken wire. Use mint leaves to control fleas.
Create a Drip Feeder
Indulge in some DIY by creating a drip feeder for your plants and flowers. All you need is an old plastic water bottle. Simply plant it beneath the soil next to your plant of flower, and feed the plant through the bottle. This trick is a great way to deliver moisture straight to the roots. You can also create a plastic bottle feeder for potted plants. It works in exactly the same way.
Nourish Your Garden
If you’ve just made an omelette, don’t throw the egg shells away. Your garden will benefit greatly from the calcium. Break up the shells into fragments and spread them around the soil. Egg shells also help to protect your flower beds from pests, so they really do come in handy.