Gardening is more than decorating your yard. Gardening can be an activity for a lot people. It is not limited to simply green-thumbed enthusiasts. It can be relaxing and a great way to tackle stress in your life. It can teach you about the wonders of nature. If you become a avid gardener, it will have a great effect on your way of living.
Your tool handles can easily be used as handy rulers. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
Use groundcover perennials in sunny areas. Groundcover perennials can be used as an alternative to grass where there is minimal foot traffic, or in an area where grass is difficult to maintain, such as on a slope. They are also handy in between larger perennials, as they help to suppress weeds and keep the soil moist and cool. Good choices for groundcover perennials are creeping thyme, ajuga, various sedums, alyssum and armeria.
If this is your first time planting a garden, you should purchase seeds and plant them in seed trays to allow them to grow some before planting them outside. By doing this, your plant will be stronger and much more likely to survive once you plant it in the soil outside.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly. Many flowers also require adequate sunlight to flourish.
Improve the health of your soil before your plant your crops and seed. Three or four weeks beforehand use organic compounds like mulch, fertilizer, and compost to increase the nutrient value and retention of your soil. It will also improve the retention of water, create a soil buffer, and more.
Make a profit off of the garden by selling micro crops. There is a huge demand for micro crops from restaurants and organic markets who are willing to pay a premium for these fresh vegetables. Specialty mushrooms, baby corn, rare herbs and other micro crops are in very high demand, and can earn a gardener upwards of fifty dollars a pound or more.
Turn a quiet corner of your garden into a romantic arbor. By using a store bought arbor or simply constructing one yourself out of a few rustic poles, you can create an arbor. Use a selection of old fashioned, heavily scented flowers to create an intimate atmosphere. Honeysuckle, climbing roses, jasmine and sweet peas are ideal. By adding seating, you can sit and enjoy the scent on a summer evening.
Use these tips to create the ideal garden. You will be rewarded by healthy plants full of life. Gardening is a way of relieving stress and making the world a prettier place so go out and start growing things and bringing life back to the world.