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00:00 – Intro
00:15 – Overwinterring
01:48 – Using Liquid Fertilizers
03:19 – Understand Your Garden & Its Context
04:23 – Container Growing
05:38 – Interplanting Crops
06:47 – Bonus: Grow More Flowers
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Does it ever seem like nothing grows properly in your garden, except for weeds? Well, do not despair. There are many proven ideas and suggestions on how to keep your garden looking beautiful and healthy. All you need is the right information. Start your research by reading this article for some practical advice.
Try planting your plants in flower pots first, then transferring them to your garden once they have had a bit of time to grow. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. This method also reduces the waiting time between plantings. Your next crop of seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your last crop from the garden.
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.
When you work out in the yard, it is important that you protect your skin. If you constantly work out in the sun without any protection, you can develop skin cancer, which is a life threatening disease. Keep your skin healthy and apply sun screen any time that you go outside.
Plan out where you will plant certain vegetables in your garden before planting them. You need to know how tall and how wide certain plants get, so that you can avoid overcrowding your plants. Knowing ahead of time what you can expect from your plants will also help you place them far enough apart so that you can walk between them easily if necessary.
To keep animals from digging up and destroying your bulbs, wrap the bulbs in a thin layer of steel wool. This won’t prevent the bulbs from growing in any way, but will scare away any animal that’s begun digging it up. You can purchase steel wool from any home improvement store.
Create a series of garden ‘rooms’. The days of a square lawn with a surrounding border are long gone. A garden can offer so much more, by creating different areas to explore. A patio area is simply an extension of your indoor living space. Add an arbor at the end of the patio, leading to another outdoor room. This can be a play area for children, or a small vegetable or herb garden. Create seating areas under a tree or nestled in between shrubs. Add an element of surprise, such as a unique sculpture or piece of large pottery. Let your garden reflect your personality!
For those new to gardening it is suggested to experiment with annuals. The following varieties are hardy, thrive in average soil, and take minimum care: sweet alyssum, marigold, zinnia, sunflower, nasturtium, petunia and verbena. Just remember to deadhead them frequently to encourage new flowers to grow.
Easily and quickly prepare your ground for a garden of perennials. Slice under the grass with a spade, flip the layer you have lifted over, and spread three inches of wood chips on top. After a few weeks, you can then dig into the turf and plant the perennials of your choosing.
Dry your herbs immediately after harvesting them to prevent rot. Rot is usually caused by moisture either within the herb or on top of it. Moisture can cause the production of harmful bacteria that may cause rot on the herb, or produce a nasty by-product which will then spoil your harvest.
When beginning your own organic garden, you should always make sure you moisten your mix that is in the containers before you sow the seeds. If your mix is not moist, it will dry out. This could cause your plant to die before it is given a chance to grow.
Taking care of your garden is not rocket science. As you have read from this article, there are many simple things that you can do to keep your garden looking lovely. Try different things, and choose the methods that are most suitable for your lifestyle. When you learn the right methods, your garden is sure to thrive.