Have you decided that this is the year you’re going to come outside and tend to your garden? Congratulations, you are about to embark on an exciting project. But before you roll up your sleeves and dust off your tools, there are a few things you should know.
There is more to gardening than just digging some holes, planting some seeds, and spraying some water around to see what will grow. A lot of hard work is needed to nurture a garden so it looks beautiful year round. But don’t let that put you off. Here are a few gardening tips to make the project a little easier. This way, you can create a beautiful area, and still have time to enjoy it.
Choose the right plants for your soil
As stated earlier, you can’t just plant some seeds and expect them to grow. You need to assess the condition of your soil in order to see what kind of plants will grow well there. Is it light and sandy, or heavy and clay? You should also consider how much light is likely to hit that spot on an average day. Primrose and astilbe grow better in the shade, while daylilies and lavender thrive in hot, sunny areas. If you’re not sure, do some research or see what plants are growing in your neighbour’s garden.
Water your garden often, but not too much
Some beginners think that water is the key to a healthy garden, but over watering isn’t very good for the plants or the garden. The general rule of thumb is about an inch or two of water each week with deep, infrequent watering as opposed to the more frequent shallow watering. This can vary depending on factors like weather conditions and the type of soil you have. Irrigation sprinklers, such as hunter rotors, can take out some of the hassle and guesswork of watering your lawn. They use timers to deliver a measured dose at the time you program into the controller.
Make sure you’re planting your seeds and bulbs in a way that will help them grow. If you plant them too close together not all of them will survive, and the ones that do will need more water and fertilizer. If you’re likely to forget what you’ve planted where, make sure you write a plant label and stick it in the ground nearby. Planting perennials is can liven up the garden every year, and they practically take care of themselves. They’re perfect for beginners, if you’re nervous about taking on too much in your first project.
Keep yourself informed
Track your gardening projects in a journal, and make notes on recommended care. If you’re still gardening next year, you can use these notes to learn from your mistakes. If certain plants died or didn’t bloom as well as you had hoped, the answer may be in the soil you were using, so try something different next time