Monthly Archives: January 2013

These Care Tips For Different Types Of Gardens

Are you planning to start a landscape, plant, or flower garden? If so, consider the garden care involved. Some gardens are easy to maintain, while others are more complex and may even require hiring a service. Overall, outdoor gardening is very rewarding, with apparent outcomes: visual appeal or delicious and healthy organic veggies and herbs.

Garden

Landscape Garden

Landscape gardens are gorgeous but they take a lot of work – just a few weeks of neglect, and the idyllic area can start to look wild again. Landscape garden care depends on the complexity of landscaping and plants that you plan to grow. A simple landscape garden can consist of a pond, lawn, and a few types of decorative grasses. A more complex design can include: varied perennials, shrubs, flowers, trees, vines, fountains, waterfalls, and complex decorations. Some grasses and plants are easier to maintain than others, so do your research and plan accordingly. If you are not sure where to start, I suggest reading “Gardening for Dummies” or turning to a professional for advice.

Herb and Vegetable Garden

The complexity of herb and vegetable garden maintenance depends on thetypes of plants you are planning to grow. It can be a lot of work or easy as pie. For example, garlic is very easy to grow: plant the cloves in the fall and dig up your garlic in the spring. Other herbs that are easy to grow include chives and cilantro.

Talking about veggies, potatoes are easy to grow, but insects can be a serious threat and digging up potatoes is quite laborious. Vegetables that are very easy to grow include: rhubarb, corn, carrots, and beans. Remember that every edible plant and vegetable has its own character, growing requirements, and time. For example, asparagus takes longer to grow, broccoli prefers cooler conditions, and bamboo is very aggressive and difficult to manage.

Flower Garden

A flower garden will not provide you with delicious fresh organics, but it’s a true pleasure for the eye and senses. The easiest garden flowers and perennials to grow include: poppies, tulips, crocuses, daffodils, hyacinths, snowdrops, daisies, foxgloves, garden mums, and garden phlox.

Seasonal Maintenance

Caring for any type of a garden is different in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Spring is the time to prepare seedbeds, rake, order seeds, sow and plant early species, protect seedbeds from birds, and harvest early crops. Spring is also the time for the first lawn mowing of the year. Summer is the time to dig out weeds and encourage the growth of plants by watering and using fertilizers. Autumn is the time to collect the crops, remove dead growth, aerate the soil, and later cover the lawn or garden with organic material for the winter. In most areas, winter months are a quiet time for gardens and lawns. All there is to do is watch for puddles and root out large weeds.

How To Begin Your First Flower Garden

Beginning your first flower garden can be a very rewarding and a leaning experience. With a few basic tips and a little simple planning, you can be on your to creating a natural environment that is relaxing and can enjoyed for years to come with your family and friends.

When planning a flower garden, and choosing a location, there is a little research that needs to be done. Gardens can be grown in many different growing conditions, poor soil or minimal sunlight. So don’t get discouraged if everything isn’t perfect where where you would like a garden. Soil can be amended, or improved, and there are a large varieties of plants that can can be grown from full sunlight to shaded areas.

Flower Garden

Soil is the most important part of any type of garden. It is the support system for plant life to grow strong and healthy. A good organic soil structure is one that will retain the moisture and nutrients that plants need to service, along with being a soil that drains well, remember that poor soil can be improved with organic matter.

When choosing an area for your garden, a flat ground surface is always the easiest to work on, but not always possible. A hillside is just a little more work and with a little creative imagination, they can be a very rewarding experience.

Beautiful Flower Garden

The size and the style of your garden are both very important decisions you will need to make before starting, or choosing plants. If this is your first garden start out small, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t plan ahead for expanding. Start out by planting the taller plants in the back or center of the garden and expand toward the front once you feel more comfortable gardening. One thing to keep in mind with a larger size garden is that you want to keep plants within reach, creating walks throughout the garden, along with keeping areas no wider than four feet so they can be reached from both sides will make the garden more manageable.

Flower gardening is a fun hobby that can be very rewarding, and an addictive one. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to growing your own personal flower gardens in your yard, patio, or even indoors. Container gardening is a great way to add to the decor of where you call home and even as a part of your edible landscape.