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Year after year, gardening tops many lists of favorite outdoor activities, and it is easy to see why gardening is such an appealing hobby. The joy of watching your favorite plants go from mere seeds to spectacular blooming flowers and lush green plants is difficult to match, and gardening provides a great many such joys to the successful gardener every year.
Even if you think your thumb is far from green, chances are good you will be able to grow a beautiful garden with just a little bit of knowledge and some tips from expert gardeners (see the article "Easy Steps to Start a Garden"). One of the best things for the new gardener to do is to join a garden club. There are garden clubs in many areas of the country, and they can be a great place to learn some wonderful tips, and meet some wonderful people. While you are waiting for that expert advice to come to you, here are some of my favorite tips for growing a healthy and vibrant garden.
Tip #1 - Choose Plants That are Suitable for Your Location
While it may be tempting to try to grow that palm tree in Maine, gardening with native varieties of plants and flowers makes a lot more sense. Using plants that are acclimated to your area will help you reduce the chances of disease problems, reduce the need for pesticides and enhance your chances for success.
Tip #2 - Know Your Soil Type, and Water Accordingly
While proper watering is essential to the success of your garden, there is no one right way to water. This is due in part to the fact that different soils will hold moisture differently. Soils rich in clay will generally require less frequent watering than looser and more sandy soils because the clay in the ground will tend to retain the moisture.
The type of soil you have will also affect how well the soil drains. That day rich soil will not drain as well as looser soil, so it is important to choose your planting location carefully to avoid drainage problems. Avoid parts of the landscape where water tends to accumulate after rain and try to choose spots where the plants will get good drainage and good air circulation.
Tip #3- Watch that Debris
The accumulation of debris in the garden, whether it is in the form of fallen leaves or dead branches, can lead to all kinds of problems. From insects to disease, accumulated debris can lead to a garden disaster. It is important to keep the garden clean, clear, and free of such debris. Be sure to rake up any fallen leaves and remove any dead branches that may have accumulated. This organic material can be composted to provide nutrient-rich soil additives
for the garden.
Tip #4 - Apply the Right Fertilizer
Plants need the right nutrition to survive and thrive. It is important to provide your plants with the nutrients they need, in the form of quality soil and added fertilizer. When fertilizing your plants, it is important to follow the care needs of the plant itself, and the instructions of the fertilizer manufacturer.
Gardening can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
“Gardening gives you a chance to focus on something and put your mind to work with a goal and a task in mind,” Dr. Hutchins says, “which is helpful especially now with so much illness and death and talk of death, just to see things growing and things thriving.”
The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese proverb
Start yours now! To get more inspiration you may visit beautiful gardens in Dubai.