to Basic Gardening
It does not matter at what age you start to garden the following are some basic tips that will help you get the most out of your effort.
Preparing your flower bed
way to make a new bed is to cover the ground with thick cardboard or newspaper.
Put a layer of soil at least 4inches thick on top.
You can repeat this process until you reach the required height you want.
This is sometimes referred to as the
of these conditions should be taken into consideration before you select your
plants. There is a very wise
saying. “Buy a $5.00 plant and place it
in a million dollar hole.”
plant well before you transplant.
roots when you remove it from the container. Healthy roots are nice and white. Plants can get root bound.
This means the plant has been in the container to long and the roots have
changed to a dark yellow or brown/black. If
this has happened scarify the roots. Scarifying
will require you to gently pull the roots apart on the bottom and also on the
side. If it is really pot bound you
can also cut off the bottom portion and then gently pull apart.
ready to plant.
bone meal or blood meal in the bottom of the prepared hole.
Read directions for correct amount for your application.
Mix the soil around and then place your plant in the hole and cover with
soil. You can also use a Mycorise, follow instructions on package. (This helps
the plant’s root system to produce many fine hairs.
These hairs draw in all the nutrients to the plant.
It is not a fertilizer.)
press the soil in around your plant to get out any air pockets.
well. You can use a transplant
fertilizer at this time. Do not
fertilize with any other type of fertilizer.
Let your plant settle in and keep watered for approx. 2 weeks before you
begin a water-soluble fertilizing regime. This
will reduce transplant shook and risk of losing your plant.
living plants like shrubs, trees and perennials will have a higher success rate
if they are kept from drying out their first growing season.
After that they should be able to take care of themselves with what
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the tag that comes with your plant. It
will provide you with a range of valuable instructions.
thumb for planting is do not plant deeper than the soil line.
(If you plant it to low you could risk rotting off the stem and some
plants do not bloom.)
recommended spacing for your plants. It
will not look full in the beginning but they will grow, trust me.
If it is a perennial/shrub bed, you could plant annuals to fill in the
space the first year or two. This
will give your plants the room to grow and it will look more appealing to the
the wrong tree in the wrong spot is probably one of the most common mistakes.
Do research before you buy. Make
it the right tree for the right spot.
over planting. This mostly comes
with experience and personal taste. Make
use of annuals so you do not over plant and follow spacing requirements to
ensure you do not under plant.
plants early in the season. Do not
wait till the are dropping or falling down.
The plant will sustain damage with late staking and you may loose some of
those valuable blooms.
of everything and not enough of one. We
get so enthusiastic about gardening that we tend to want some of everything.
This often leads to your garden looking a mess.
Planting in-groups of 3, 5 etc. will give you a good show of colour and
fertilizing can lead to plants becoming leggy, lots of greenery but no blooms
and they may even be burnt from the fertilizer. Follow instructions carefully.
shrubs alone in the landscape. Nature
has a way of grouping things together and it looks pretty good.
narrow to get a wheel barrel through. One
thing you will need is room to work. Don’t shortchange yourself.
Draw up a
plan. The hours you spend making
the right choices in the first place will save you tenfold in the garden.
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