A garden isn't just something you do to decorate. It's much more than just a creative hobby or pastime. Gardening can be a meditative activity, one that cements your appreciation of life. One that even instills the gardener with a sense of peace and tranquility. Especially if you're good at it, its effects are profound.
Brighten your garden with biennials and annuals. These fast growing flowers let you change how your flower bed looks season to season. You can use them between the gaps in shrubs and perennials where there is plenty of sun. A variety of flowers that'll thrive in your region are available.
If you've any mildew on the plants, don't go out and buy anything. Try mixing a little liquid soap with some baking soda in water. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. No damage will occur to your plants. The baking soda is mild and efficient.
Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. Pay a small fee to have your soil analyzed. You’ll be glad that you did when you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking. It's worth having this information so that crops don't get ruined. Most Cooperative Extension offices provide this service.
Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.
It's a good idea to invest in a good pair of knee pads, made specifically for gardening. They can be very helpful when working close to the ground on low-growth plants. The time that you'll have to spend on your knees in your garden can cause you unnecessary knee pain. Investing in good knee pads will help cushion your knees so you're more comfortable.
Always fertilize your garden. Manure is a great garden additive. It's important that you choose a manure that's been composted commercially so that there is less of a risk of pathogens. You can choose from many different fertilizers. don't worry about the kind of fertilizer you end up using but definitely put down something.
Be sure to plant using the colors of Fall. That idea is actually far from the truth. When it comes to vibrant color, the bright foliage of fall beats all the other seasons. Fall trees sport a variety of colorful leaves that range from subtle yellows to rich crimsons. When you choose shrubbery, try hydrangea, barberry. Cotoneaster.
Use these tips to bring life back to your garden. Once your garden is back to its blooming glory, you'll feel gratified and renewed yourself. Horticulture can help change your way of life, only if you'll allow it.