Gardening is a relaxing, rewarding pastime for many and offers a long list of benefits. Whether you grow veggies or flowers, there’s something about raising plants that is very rewarding. In this article, you will be shown different techniques to help you start a garden, and grow plants of your own.
The handles on your gardening tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. You can use larger tools, like rakes, as measuring sticks. Just run some measuring tape right on the floor next to the handles. Use a permanent marker to label distances. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.
Use climbers to cover walls and fences. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. If you’re looking for the most reliable varieties available, choose from clematis, wisteria, and climbing roses.
Grow wheat or cat grass in the area around the plants that your cat is eating. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.
Do not cut your grass too short. If you leave more height to your grass, the roots will grow deeper into the soil, making the lawn stronger and more resistant to drying out. If the grass is too short that will lead to shallow roots, which will cause a brown and dried-out lawn.
Carefully plan your garden first. Use your seed packages to make fun markers that will remind you where each type of plant is growing. You can also avoid losing the smaller plants, or in larger gardens, the small plant groups.
If your landscape includes low-growing plants, you should invest in a set of knee pads specifically designed for gardening. Spending lots of time on your knees while gardening can injure them and create lasting pain. A pair of good gardening knee pads can cushion your knees for more comfort.
Select a specific type of plant to be the focal point of your garden. When you design your garden, think of a great focal point that will grab attention and add interest. Usually this focal point is a luscious plant that is distinctly different from the plants and scrubs that surround it.
You can attract the insects you need by planting heather. Heather will attract bees early in the spring as well as other beneficial insects. If your heather bed is undisturbed, as it would be in nature, many beneficial insects will make it their home. Being mindful of this, wearing gloves appropriate to horticulture is sound strategy when pruning any heather in or around the bed.
As aforementioned, horticulture can become a very rewarding pastime. Even just working in the fresh air can lift your spirits. By employing the ideas in the preceding paragraphs, you can elevate the rewards of your horticulture to a whole new dimension.