Many people have enjoyed the hobby of gardening for many years. Some people garden simply because they enjoy it, whereas others garden as a means to feed their family. Read on for ways to find your own joy in gardening adventures.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. Not only will the clay slide off the surface, but it will keep the end from rusting.
Annuals and biennials are an excellent way to add a splash of bright color to your flower gardens. Fast growing biennials and annuals can enliven a flower bed while letting you change up the look each season and year. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
Cover the fences and walls with climbers. They can be used to cover up unsightly fences or walls. Often, they can grow enough to cover up an eyesore in one season. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some must be tied to supports, but some climbers use twining stems or tendrils and attach themselves to those surfaces. Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.
Take the time to remove weeds. Those nasty weeds can turn your beautiful garden into a scruffy version of its former self. You might want to think about using white vinegar to do this. White vinegar can not only kill the weeds, it’s also a non-toxic spray that won’t harm pets or people. If you’re annoyed with pulling up weeds manually, douse them with a white vinegar solution.
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. Boiling water can be considered as an herbicide, and it is a safe one. Pour the boiling water directly onto the weeds, just make sure you do not damage the nearby plants. Weed roots will suffer harm from boiling water, and this will probably stop them from growing more.
Split up your irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. If you find any dead irises in your garden, immediately pull up the bulbs. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. All that is left to do is immediately replant the pieces you have created and let the cycle begin anew.
As mentioned before, gardening has been appreciated by millions of people throughout the centuries. Long ago, it was a way of life and a necessity. Nowadays, it may be for pleasure, profit, or need. The tips in this article will increase the satisfaction you get from gardening. Have fun gardening today!