Whether you are a new gardener or have been gardening for ten years,
there are always new ways to improve your garden. Whether you are
looking for ways to save money or advice on growing healthy flowers
and plants, here are some helpful tips every gardener should know.
1. Cover your flower beds with a thick layer of mulch to help retain
moisture and reduce weed growth. Also, use organic mulch - it conserves
2. Water your plants in the morning; itís the best time of the day
to do so.
3. To make a smaller garden appear bigger, use colors strategically.
Plant warm colors in the front of the garden and cool colors in the
4. Use bright colors to make your garden standout.
5. If you have pets that may eat your plants, make sure you choose
plants and flowers that are nonpoisonous.
6. Do research to find which plants live best in the climate where
7. Determine how much sunlight your garden will get and plan
8. Check your soil to see if it is healthy and ready for planting.
9. Know when and how to fertilize your soil based on your plantsí
10. When plants die off, often at the end of a season, remove debris
to prevent it from attracting mold and insects to other healthy
Tips about Container Gardening: Think Outside the Box
Choosing the right container is key to
successfully creating a planter box, wooden barrel, hanging
basket, flowerpot, etc. Container gardens do not have to be
small or boring; choosing the right container and plant or
flower can result in a beautiful combination. Here are some
factors to keep in mind
when container gardening.
1. Carefully choose the container material that is right for
you; some materials can become problematic. For example, wooden
containers can rot, cheap plastic containers can deteriorate and
clay pots lose water because they are porous.
2. Even if you do opt for one of these materials, knowing how to
maintain it correctly can save you much trouble. Know how to
protect your containers and if the plant will have special needs
(for example, extra water for porous materials).
3. Use light-colored containers in hot climates. This will help
prevent heat absorption and uneven root growth.
4. Choose the size of the container based on the number of
plants and the plant sizes you plan to use.
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