Many consider horticulture to be a relaxing and stress relieving hobby. Knowing which soil to purchase, which gardening equipment to buy and when to plant your seeds are some of the key questions gardeners are asking. Some basic advice will give budding gardeners the information needed to get started.
Give your flower beds a boost by introducing annuals and biennials. These flowers grow quickly and can be planted at any time during the year. If you want to maintain a flower garden all year or you want to add new flowers to reflect the changing seasons, annuals and biennials are for you. If there are gaps between the perennials and shrubs you have planted in a sunlit area, try filling those gaps with annuals and biennials. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
Use climbers if you want to cover any fences or walls. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. They can cover an arbor, or grow through trees and shrubs. Some varieties will climb and attach using their tendrils or branches, but some will need to be trained or supported with ties. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
To get the best results, you must use the right soil. Your soil may not be correct, but it depends on what sorts of plants you want to grow. You may also cultivate an artificial area comprised of just one type of soil.
Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. Before you ruin any crops, make sure you do this. Soil can be analyzed at a lot of cooperative extension offices, so make sure you plan accordingly.
Try to have a plan with your garden. This is a good way to remember which plants have been planted in each area before they grow. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
Think about using evergreens in your yard that produce berries during the year. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. A few of the most vivid plants in winter are American Holly, Winterberry, Snowberry and Cranberrybush.
Plant for fall color. That doesn’t have to be, however. Fall foliage provides for the most colorful season of the year. Maple trees come in a variety of fall colors ranging from yellow to deep crimson, as do Beech trees and Dogwood. Shrubs such as barberry, cotoneaster and hydrangea all have gorgeous fall foliage.
Plant heather to attract beneficial insects. Bees will go straight for these plants in the spring. Heather doesn’t usually require a lot of tending, so spiders, ground beetles and other good bugs like to call it home. Because of this, you might want to invest in a good pair of gardening gloves for the times when you need to prune it.
It can be easy to prepare the soil in a perennial garden. All you need to do is use a garden spade to slice under the turf, flip it over, then spread wood chips over the area about three to four inches deep. Let the area sit for a fortnight, then turn the earth and set up your new perennial bed.
As was discussed in the article, horticulture can be quite a rewarding activity, but significant knowledge is required to tend to your garden properly. With a thoughtful plan and correct information your garden will soon bloom and flourish. Simply use the advice presented here and wonderful garden will be growing from your land.