Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Gardening Article: Be Your Garden’s Best Friend: Tips To Bringing Life Into Your Garden

There’s nothing like having a fabulous garden of your own to stand back and admire after all that hard work. Creating a beautiful space outdoors is the perfect way to escape life, work and its stresses, and is always, always worth it. Gardening allows you to feel at one with nature, and feel as though you’re conserving and protecting the environment. You become the provider for every tree, plant, flower and fruit or vegetable in your garden. The best bit? Once your garden has sprung into life, you can sit back, relax and say….”I grew that!”

So here’s how!

So what’s the first step?

Well, any good workman knows he can’t blame his tools….except if you want a decent garden, you will need a decent set of tools! Investing in a really good pair of gloves, a shovel, rake, spade, hoe, wheelbarrow, shears, kneeler and hose will make life so much easier!

Once you’re fully stocked up, it’s time to think about the time plan. You need to make sure you’re doing the right things at the right time of year to make sure you get the best results. It’s pointless digging the soil during the winter, its way too late by then!

Autumn should usually be spent digging your soil over, and adding fertilizers to get it ready for winter, when the worms wriggle their way in to the healthy ground. Winter can usually be spent making sure things are ready for the cold weather ahead, and keeping an eye on things happening around the garden. Take this time to relax ready for the busiest period in the garden ahead: Spring! Start by digging the ground again, using a rake or something similar. Check your soil temperature using a thermometer before planting any bulbs, seeds or bedding plants. Spend the spring sprucing your garden to a stunning sanctuary, and then kick back and relax throughout the summer!

Well, actually, that’s not strictly true! Summertime is great for keeping an eye on your plants as they start to grow and bloom into beautiful displays. It’s important to remember that plants need room to grow. If they’ve been planted in an overcrowded bed, or planted too closely together, you’re not going to get the best results! They’ll need enough water every day, with the amount decreasing as the plants grow. If you’ve planted them in hot sunny areas, it’s even more important to check on watering.

Keep an eye on plants with disease or those which are pest infected and burn them away immediately to prevent contaminating all your other beauties. Expect several creepy crawlies to roam in your garden, such as blackflies, slugs, snails and the like. These can be easily controlled with the relevant pest control. Some insects, however, like ladybugs; butterflies and hedgehogs are your garden’s best buds (after yourself!) because they help in pollination and even eat some creatures that may try to destroy your plants.

Top Tip: Pick an area in your garden which receives enough heat and moisture- you’ll already be off to a good start.

Planting flowering plants in your garden with beautiful scents will definitely help attract bees and butterflies, increasing pollination and therefore a better chance of a blooming outdoor space to enjoy. Mixing these flowering plants with vegetable and fruit bearing plants will ensure you can harvest healthy crops on time.

Top Tip: Invest in a water butt to make sure you’ve always got a plentiful supply after the rainy season. You can’t always rely on Mother Nature!

There’s loads of ways to create a beautiful garden, this is just a small snippet of tips and handy advice. Some say that your garden is a reflection of yourself, so it’s important to look after it, just as you look after yourself!

Mike is a gardening writer who enjoys writing about everything there is to know about gardening.

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