Gardening can seem like too much to learn, but if you do a little research, it doesn’t end up seeming so hard. Fortunately, you have discovered this article. It should provide you with all the help you need to increase your gardening skills and confidence, so that your efforts will yield a fruitful and beautiful garden.
When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. A plant that is resistant to disease, or one that is tolerant of extreme weather, will deliver a higher yield.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
Use biennials and annuals to add color to your flower beds. These fast growth plants make flower beds vibrant, and they let you alter the appearance seasonally and annually. They are very useful for filling in the gaps between perennials and shrubs in a sunny area. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. Many nurseries offer a soil analysis service, which will tell you what nutrients your soil is lacking and what you can do about it. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
Split up the irises. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. The iris bulbs should easily split apart in your hand. Once you replant them, they will have a good flower show the following year. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Get rid of the center and keep the new pieces you cut from the outside. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Set your cuttings into the ground right away.
Chill out by taking time to garden. Peace and relaxation can be found through several different avenues. Amongst the simplest ways to get there is to start a garden. The generous return of a garden far outweighs the minimal investment of money required. Of course the highest return is the peace you will feel from having some time alone in your garden and growing your own plants.
When you water your garden, do it with care. A soaker hose will save you time because you won’t have to individually water each plant, like you do with a regular nozzle, or a can that you need to constantly refill. Avoid damage to new plantings by keeping the water on low to move the water slowly through the soaker. Let your soaker hose run for a few hours while you do other things.
This isn’t as horrible as you thought, is it? Like anything else, gardening has a lot of information that can be learned and applied. All you need is an indication of where to begin. Hopefully, you got this from the tips above.