National Gardening Month is in the month of April. The spring time has made its entrance and the abundant growth of green forestry has taken over. Here are some gardening tips for the inquisitive and maybe new ideas for the advanced gardener.
Gardening, is it for me?
Not everyone likes to get down in the dirt. There are some that are happy with what exists, allowing nature to take its course with all the green shrubbery and delight. However, there are some like me that not only enjoy the natural delights but also find appreciation in creating a beautiful masterpiece. If you like to get your hands dirty, sweat a little, enjoy the heat of the sun, and the smell of blossoming flowers then perhaps you will enjoy gardening. If you are already an advanced gardener, be sure to share some of your tips and ideas below. To establish a garden its really nothing to it, except relishing the unique butterflies that seemingly come from out of no where. I do look forward to that.
First things first
It’s recommended that you check your Plant Hardiness Zone. This is recommended so that you can select the best plants or even vegetable garden so that you can ensure they can thrive. It’s important that you are aware of the best time of the year to plant and knowing what the potential last frost day may be in your area. You can check this by looking at the Plant Hardiness Zone map www.planthardiness.ars.usda.gov.
How big is too big and does small means not at all
I’m just a believer that regardless of how small your garden space is, even one plant or one flower can change the whole entire vibe of your outdoor space. There is something about the simplicity of that one thing being the only object of attention and demanding a beautiful sentiment. It can offer such a sublime elegance. All of this of course depends on the exquisiteness of that one flower or plant that you choose.
Sooooo how big is your garden? That would be a determining factor on what you should grow. In case you weren’t aware, plants need space to flourish. Is the choice something big, or something small, or maybe just multiple perennials would do? All this adds up to how much work you want to contribute, all so you can keep the butterflies coming 🙂
There are other things to consider, such as long-term care for your garden like weeding, watering, and the heat (don’t forget your sun-hat, the right angle would make an amazing selfie.) Can you handle this? If so, heres what’s next.
Best tools for gardening
There are so many tools that can be used to aid you in gardening. However, if you are a beginner and not sure this is something that you can’t stick with, then just starting out with basic tools with help you to flow on your flowery journey. Don’t spend to much upfront until you are sure that you’re up for the dig. Start out with these suggested tools: heavy duty gloves, a shovel, a rake (and not the word rake from Bridgerton), and some gardening hand tools such as: a trowel, weeder, hand fork, bag, and oh, don’t forget the mulch. Mulch isn’t necessarily a tool but it can be a very nice accessory when it comes to dressing your garden. It will provide a great accent to complete all of your hand-dy work 🙂
What to plant?
When I first began to garden, I could not exactly figure out what I wanted to plant. What makes the spring and summer season my most anticipated time of the year, is being able to lull about in my garden. For some plants I knew that I would want them to come back on their own each year, which are perennials and for other plants I wanted to enjoy re-planting them each year, which are called annuals. Some of my favorite annuals are: marigolds, snapdragons, zinnias, geraniums, and sun flowers. Some of my favorite perennials are: day lilies, perennial sage, peonies, and hibiscus. Here is an additional list of others you may like www.all-my-favourite-flower-names.com
The BIG one
So, the real question is, how are flowers planted? My friends, this is where the real fun actually is. First things first, place the plant or plant and pot in the desired location, that way you can get a visual and can make any adjustments beforehand. Next, you will want to keep the plant label that is usually attached with the purchased plants so that you can dig the hole accordingly to the number of inches advised on the label. This is important because the roots of the plant stretch out longer and longer as they grow taller and taller. Having plants to close to each other basically stunts there growth and then they begin to wither. Typically, you would want to dig a hole twice the size of the root of your plant. Thereafter, once your plant is completely snug, re-fill the hole with the dirt that was removed and in addition you may want to add some additional soil as a supplement as well.
After all the digging, dirt, and perhaps dandelions, it’s time for you to water, ensure plenty of sunshine for your new green friends and then mulch. Mulch, it does a garden good! Mulch not only locks in rain after a nice quenching rain shower but it also offers an inventive and pleasing look to your garden or yard. While there are so many other gardening tips and ideas, the main thing is that in the end you are happy with creating your beautiful masterpiece. For more gardening ideas visit www.gardendesign.com
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