Many consider gardening to be a relaxing and stress relieving hobby. Gardeners are often faced with the questions of when to plant and what equipment to purchase. Spend some time relaxing in the sun, tending your garden.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Rubbing wax on the shovel prior to digging can kick this challenge to the curb. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Consider starting your plants in pots and then planting the seedlings in your garden. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. In addition, it lets you tighten the time in between plantings. You will have healthy seedlings that are ready to be planted when you get rid of old plants.
Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
Prepare your seeds by soaking them in a dark environment. Drop some seeds into a small glass or other container, and fill it with water. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.
Protect your delicate shrubs from harsh, wintry elements. If you have tender shrubs in pots, they need to be protected in the cold weather. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. This is better than using plastic to wrap the plant, as more air can circulate.
Irises should be divided. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. The bulbs split in your hand, then you replant them, and they will most likely flower next year. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Each piece should have at least one strong offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
Think about using evergreens in your yard that produce berries during the year. These will help give your garden a burst of color, even in the winter months when most other vegetation has lost their colors. Some examples of evergreens that produce berries and color in the wintertime are the American Holly, Cranberrybush, the Winterberry and the Common Snowberry.
As you have learned from this article, gardening can seem like quite the task, yet is manageable if you know what you’re doing. Yet, if you have the knowledge and apply it to the best of your ability, then your garden should bloom and flourish before you know it. Start implementing the hints and tips you’ve just been given, and you’ll soon be delighting in your own burgeoning garden.