For anyone thinking of starting organic gardening adventure, correct and proper soil preparation is the foundation on which the organic garden is built. You cannot afford to get it wrong.
Soil pH testing. Step one to prepare your organic garden’s soil is basically to test it to see what you have to work with. Use tests to decide what you need to add before you proceed with amending your soil organically. You can pick up a soil testing kit at your local garden centre. The test will look at the pH of the soil which is a measure of acidity and alkalinity contained in it. Depending on the results of the test you may need to consider adding lime or sulfur to get the balance just right. A good soil testing kit will help you with this and additional materials are available at garden centers.
When planting potted perennial bushes and flowers it is important to first select a compatible location based on the type of garden plant you are planting. To determine this, either look at the plant’s tag or inquire with the nursery where you are purchasing the garden flower or bush to find out whether the plant grows better with more sun or more shade.
Sometimes there may be a specification as to whether the garden plant will grow better with a northern exposure, eastern exposure, etc. Once you have determined a suitable location, the next step will be to dig the hole for the plant.
New gardeners are so often put off gardening at the thought that it has to involve hours and hours of hard work in their garden. The popular idea of a low-maintenance garden is one of covering the space with decking and gravel, planted with a few grasses and pots of evergreens.
When you consider the tenacity of weeds, it’s a wonder any of us win the pitched battles we wage with these pesky invaders. It seems like there is a never-ending battle between you and all the plants that you don’t want to be growing in your garden.
Of course, there are many gardeners who enjoy the time spent weeding the garden, and we admire them tremendously – there are great physical and mental benefits to spending time outdoors among your plants.
Without water a house plant must die. This may take place in a single day in the case of a seeding in sandy soil, or it may take months if the plant has fleshy leaves. But in the end the result is always the same. Because of this obvious fact many gardener beginners give daily dribbles of water, they fail to reduce the frequency of plant watering once winter arrives and they immediately assume that the plant is thirsty whenever leaves wilt or turn yellow. This produces a soggy mass in which practically no house plant can survive. Waterlogging kills by preventing vital air getting to the roots and by encouraging root-rotting diseases. More plants die through overwatering than any other single cause – they are killed by kindness.
Some people enjoy the natural look of a clay pot, especially when the appearance of the plant rather than its furnishing value in the room or garden patio is all-important. The overall effect of most Specimen Plants is, however, improved by being placed in a pot holder. These pot holders come in many materials, shapes and prices – you can buy ones made of wire, plastic, pottery, wood, glass fibre, cane or metal. Apart from these shop-bought types there are also many ordinary household objects which can be used – popular examples include copper bowls and kettles. The one rule for any pot holder is that either the lower part or all of it must be waterproof.
Country living gardening can be as simple as a tulip out your front window, or as complex as water lilies in an aerated water garden pond. Knowing how to get from there to way over there isn’t always as easy as the beautiful country living garden pictures in magazines portray. Great country living gardening takes hard work, patience, and determination.
If you’re a beginning gardener, in your garden you may want to start with planting flower bulbs first. Tulips, especially, are an easy first try and will bring you long lasting blooms year after year – an excellent reminder of your successful gardening beginnings.