Making The Garden An Easier Challenge

We can all agree that plant life, flowers specifically, are extremely pretty and should be present on our windowsills and plant beds. Yet, when it comes to doing the gardening, it often feels like you have it or you don’t. However, it doesn’t have to be hard to get to grips with, no matter how many experts you see in the multiple gardening magazines littering the shelves in the supermarket.

Gardening is something we’ve been doing for centuries, and you don’t have to be an architect. Don’t be afraid to take up gardening, it can be quite relaxing and a great hobby to get into due to all the skills and technical knowledge involved. Here are a few tips on how to make the garden a much easier challenge to get involved with.

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Make Sure You Know What You’re Planting

When you’re looking at the seed wall at the back of the greenhouse in the store, you feel a bit like a kid in a sweet shop; exotic vegetables here, some tasty looking fruits there, and flowers you’ve never seen before in your life. Simply grabbing some seed packets off the shelf at the local garden centre may save some time, but reading the back is going to save you a lot more time in the long run, let’s be real here!

Some plants will be easier to cultivate than others, and everything is dependent on the time of year you’re planting at; don’t be the person who thinks they can squeeze in a spring plant when summer is on the turn, as your flower may just fail to grow at all! Some easy plants to get started with are sunflowers, the staple of every good backyard, marigolds, those little circus tents, fuchsias, which are great for decorating a patio, and an apple tree, if you have the space for some low hanging fruit! These plants are all of the hardy types, so they can survive in most conditions, especially on a mild or cold landscape.

It can often be easier to start off with some greenhouse planting, as you can control the conditions inside a lot better than you can pretend to be a weather god. It’s great if you can install something like a curved halls supreme greenhouse, as this has a lot of movability about it despite the smaller size, and you get more storage space for your buck than in other pieces.

Keep the Water Topped Up

If you have plenty of containers in your garden, and a lot of people will in the form of window boxes, planters, and any kind of box that isn’t the actual ground, you’ll have to top them up with water on a very regular basis. In summer specifically, they’ll need watering about once a day to keep them healthy and happy and keep your mind sane so you don’t see any brown tips.

The easiest way to keep all your plants fed and watered is through a hose, but if you’re worried about wasting water try a water-saving nozzle for the end, which doesn’t fire out water as fast or as much. Similarly, having a watering can on hand is quite an old school, but is a nice 5-minute activity for a sunny afternoon when you want.

Make Use of Your Mulch

Mulch can be a bit of a double-edged sword, but it's mostly considered a positive material to spread on top of your soil to keep it protected from the sun and air when necessary. A good rule of thumb is to only use a thin layer on top of your soil to minimise the bad effects of mulch, which can come in a variety of forms.

Bugs, like slugs and earwigs, like the fact that mulch offers protection from the sun. Whilst plant roots like mulch for the same reason, you don’t want your plants ripped to shreds by hungry bugs you could very well avoid by practising some good garden tips. Mulch also allows plants a warmer welcome into the world and thus they won’t come out of dormancy too early and die in the frigid air, but at the same time, it may cause plants to not bloom within their allotted cycle.

So you can see there’s a lot of decision making to go into using a protective layer for your soil like this, as it can make planting both easier and harder to complete. Of course, it’s all dependant on the conditions in your garden, so make sure you know what you have out there and what you need to improve on in terms of soil conditions and placement.

Try Some Edging

Edging can look very pretty when done right. It’s also an extremely effective practical step to keep weeds out of a garden bed and hold back grass in a natural way.

If you have a little pathway around your lawn, you can show off just how well groomed you keep your outdoors, and allow yourself to enjoy it during the spring and summer time when BBQs and family picnics are ideas in full swing. Dig a shallow trench to set up a lovely border, spread some landscape fabric and sand in the trench, and then fill it with paving brick! It’s relatively simple when you read it up, and easy to carry out when you have step by step guides.

Similarly, you can use bricks to blend well with creeper plants and to break up a wall of green. However, on the other hand, you can use thin metal strips to separate grass from plants with a nearly invisible trim, and thus your garden will be hardly interrupted. You can be creative with everything you do in a garden, so just be sure to inject some originality into your ideas for a garden that looks and feels like you! The most edging material can be found in the garden centre so you won’t be sent on a wild goose chase to find something you can use either.

Keep a Journal

If you’re the kind of person that loves to write things down and get’s a little bit excited about a good notebook, then this step is for you. Gardening sometimes needs a record to go along with it, both for your peace of mind and for record keeping ability. Having a gardening journal can mean you just scribble down a few notes on a notepad, or it can be a huge project you want to undertake and make it look as good as possible.

Take photos alongside your notes so you have a handy reference you can just check when it comes to weeding, trimming, and replanting the next time around. Doing this all in the first year just makes a good garden easier to accomplish in the second year! Do your hard work now, and reap your surefire rewards later.

So when it comes to the garden, we can see plenty of thought, as well as some hard physical graft, goes into it. Keeping up with the rules and regulations that plants set themselves can seem a little stressful, but it’s all much simpler in practice. Once you’ve done it for a few months, you’ll be ready to handle anything nature throws your way in the form of worms, slugs, snails, failed blooms, broken fencing, trench digging, and keeping some hydration in your soil. This isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, but it’s good enough to get you started!

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