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Gardening Tips

 

Gardening is a popular activity, relaxing and enjoyable for all who love the outdoors and the green environment. It is important to be conversant with some basic processes that govern the plant kingdom.

A person taking up gardening must be knowledgeable about the fundamentals of how sunlight, shade, soil and water may favourably or negatively affect the plants. More importantly, he should be aware of selection of plants in relation to the garden landscape which he is planning to adorn.

“Flower Gardening Tips”

Knowing essential gardening tips will help you to not only create a beautiful garden but have healthy plants that thrive under your care. Indeed, it is a joy to see that the time and effort you put in are well deserved and have resulted in an impressive garden and beautiful landscaping.

The following gardening tips will help your garden look beautiful while allowing you to have a stress-free and enjoyable gardening experience.

Some Essential Outdoor Gardening Tips

Soil Content

The first important aspect of gardening is to know what soil you will be planting in. For clayey soil, you will need peat moss or organic compost to lighten it up. With sandy and loam too, peat moss will give the soil more density. It allows for more nutrients to grow with, thereby giving plants greater stability.

Soil Drainage

Soil drainage will give you an idea of how wet or dry the garden landscape is. This will help you select plants as per the growing environment as well as inform you of how often the plants need to be watered. Using lukewarm water rather than cold water is better for the roots. Additionally ensure that the pots have a drainage hole for excess water to seep out so as not to flood the plant.

Plant Exposure

While gardening, it is necessary to consider the degree of exposure of nature’s elements such as the wind, sun, rain, snow etc. and how they will affect the growth of the plants. Knowing the weather conditions will give you an idea of where to plant hardier plants and how to protect the more delicate ones.

Sunlight

Sunlight is critical for the healthy growth of a plant. Not only does it play an important role in photosynthesis, it tells you how often and how much water different plants will need. Plants that flourish in the shade obviously require less water; care must be taken to protect them from direct and harsh sunlight by placing them near a window or sheltering them with a screen. If you know your soil has poor drainage, select plants that grow well in a moist environment. If your garden landscape has very little shade or protection, look for plants that are hardy or build a fence to protect your plants.

Apart from light and water, plants need to be fed. Depending on what kind of plants you have, the food served will also be different – water soluble, spikes or granular. With all the nutrients, proper sunlight and water, growth of plants is inevitable which leads us to the issue of repotting. Repotting becomes essential when plants begin to blossom healthily and start outgrowing their containers.