Gardening is one of the most relaxing and rewarding hobbies there is. Few things are more satisfying than seeing something that you have worked hard on actually come to fruition. While planting a garden can be a great experience, it can also require a bit of work, and a lot of patience. If you are planning on starting your very own garden, here are some tips that can help it be a success.
You must take into consideration the type of soil that you will be planting in because this can greatly impact the success of your garden. It is a good idea to test the soil before planting so that you can adjust it accordingly. If the soil is too acidic or sandy, you may have a difficult time growing a certain flower in that soil. Not all flowers are created equal; some require a high water intake, such as cattails, while others, like plumbago, need less watering. However, roses and perennials have similar needs and can grow well together.
In order to achieve an aesthetically pleasing garden, you should consider your color choices as well as the location. Limiting your choices to 3-4 colors can keep your color palette from becoming overly complicated while still presenting a wide variety of flowers to choose from. For the most pleasing effects, colors like red and purple shouldn't be placed together. A look at a color wheel can give you an idea of what colors will work well together. When arranging your garden, combine various textures as well as heights so that your garden is visually interesting. Remember to plant taller plants in a way that they can shade shorter plants that require it. However, if you have shorter flowers that need more sun, you should plant taller flowers along the edge of the garden.
Timing is Everything
It can be counterproductive to water your garden if you don't do it at the right time. Maintaining adequate moisture levels is a key component of having an amazing garden. Therefore, it is best to water your flowers at times when the sun is not at its hottest, such as early morning, so that the water doesn't evaporate. Also, be sure to give your plants a nice, deep watering and not just random sprinkles. The water needs time to absorb into the soil and keep those roots hydrated. If you have a sprinkler system, that's even better for scheduling the perfect watering times.
Once you've got your garden going, keeping it maintained by trimming regularly and de-weeding is a must. As your garden starts to grow, so will your knowledge about what to plant and when.
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