Gardening can be a relaxing and enjoyable activity to fill your leisure time and with a fragrant garden, full of colorful flowers and plants, you can play good mood instantly. In addition, a study conducted in the Netherlands, land of tulips shows that gardening is one of the most effective activities to combat stress.
If you have a garden that you care, here are the simple tips for novice gardeners:
1. Planted according to your region
Before you decide what flowers to plant, what you want to have in the garden, it is essential to make sure that they can be grown in your area. This means that you must evaluate climatic characteristics, and how much light your garden receives from the sun. It is the most important thing you need to consider,.
2. Test the soil
The level of pH of the soil and the nutrients that are in it gives you vital information about how your plants will grow. The alkalinity or acidity of the soil is directly responsible for the way in which plants absorb nutrients, but there are harmonious flowers that develop in both areas, so you can choose them.
Examine the soil texture. Ideally, this should be loose and easy to break when you squeeze into a fist. When you have a rough or clay soil, it is difficult for plant roots to be strong, so that it would be recommended to add compost, fresh digging the ground thoroughly before planting.
3. Remove weeds
Wild herbs have no place in your garden. They take some of the nutrients, grow rapidly and erratically, so it’s important to remove them whenever needed. Such a tiller saves you the effort of doing the job manually and you’ll save time.
4. Create a plan
To avoid cluttering your garden, choose plants that you already know, and you know how big they grow and how much their size increase. Typical, perennial plants with a life expectancy of more than two years, should be planted at a distance of approximately 45-50 centimeters apart. This helps them to stretch and fill the garden enough to look rich, but not suffocated.
5. Establish a timetable
Depending on the season, sets out the main major activities you want to undertake. Fertilization is usually repeated every 6-8 weeks until the end of the growing season, in early fall. On summer is too hot to plant, but in September or October you can put a few trees or bushes. Bulb plants can be planted early fall, but must assume the risk that a very frosty winter can destroy them.
6. Water the plants regularly
The amount of water should be sufficient, but not so much as to flood the ground and should always keep in mind the weather conditions. The water must penetrate the ground and reach the roots, but if you forget the hose on, you risk the water not to be absorbed enough, and the plant roots to rot.
Watering the garden should be done in the morning, to avoid the sun to dry the water from plant leaves and to destroy them. But evening watering is not recommended, because the risk of plants to develop fungi or other diseases is higher.
7. Be consistent
A garden like in the movies does not happen overnight and it takes passion and dedication to the flowers in your yard to look perfect. But if you spend a few hours a week to care for the garden, in a while the results will be seen in full.
Finally, remember that gardening is a process that requires time and patience. Do not panic if your plants will not grow perfectly, but noticed their pace and how they present themselves. Most likely, if everything seems to be fine, is pointless to care them every day.