Gardening Tips

Some gardening tips :

- Don’t put houseplants in direct sunlight. Although houseplants should have some light, their leaves will wilt if left directly exposed to the sun.

- Get a pad to kneel on when you’re working in the garden. The pad will protect your knees and limit how dirty you get.

- If you’re not sure what you want the layout of your garden to be, plant in pots so you can move plants around until you’re happy.

- Water features in the garden need to be kept fresh. Install plants like water violet to keep the water oxygenated.

- Soak eggshells in water overnight and then use the solution as a fertilizer. The solution will be full of nutrients from the eggshells.

- Never plant anything under conifers because those particular trees cause the soil to become acidic. Plants around conifers would not grow.

- Make sure any extras in your garden, washing lines for example, are properly installed so they are unlikely to disturb the equilibrium in your garden.

- Use climbers to cover ugly walls and shed that have become an eyesore in your otherwise gorgeous garden.

- Try to keep a garden diary. That way you’ll remember what you planted before, notice any patterns and be able to plan for the future.

- Don’t plant too many plants in one area. Competition for resources will cause growth of poorquality plants.

- Glossy leaves reflect light so it is better to place plants with glossy leaves in shadowy corners to make your garden look bigger. They’ll thrive there too.

- Just because you live in the city doesn't mean you can't have a garden. These flowering plants are known to survive and thrive in most cities with extremely hot temperatures and high pollution: Madagascar periwinkle, lantana, impatiens, cosmos, cleome (spider flower) and canna (Indian flag).

- Make your garden more fragrant by planting more lightly colored or white flowers. You can also give your garden a rich fragrant smell by adding thick-textured flowers such as gardenia, citrus and magnolia, which have very distinctive and intense scents.

- Always keep air vents clear, so don’t plant climbers, bushes or trees anywhere that could possibly obstruct them. If they’re already there, cut them back as soon as they begin to obstruct the vents.

- Recycle your used teabags as a source of nutrients for your plants. The contents can provide a welcome change for the soil and help plant growth.

- Open the greenhouse via the door or windows for at least two hours a day. It recycles the air and gets rid of any excess heat.

- Use a pitchfork to aerate the lawn regularly. This helps natural drainage and also encourages movement of insects beneath the ground.

- If you don’t have much time for gardening, stick to plants in containers, such as tubs, boxes and baskets. They are easier to feed and tend if you have a busy lifestyle.

- Never re-pot in a pot that is too big. If the roots don’t grow quickly enough, the new compost sours and becomes unusable for the plant.

- If you’re buying ready-potted plants of flowers, make sure that they have already begun to flower; otherwise there is a risk that they may never flower at all.

- Add compost to your garden soil two to four weeks before you plant. This way, the compost will be integrated within your garden soil.

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