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Great Advice For Gardeners Of All Ages

Gardening can be as simple or as challenging as you want it to be. Whether you are a new gardener or have decades of experience, there is always something new to learn, or some new hint to try out. Why not try out one or two of the following great hints?

If you are planting vegetables, choose varieties that don’t require processing in order to keep. For example, sweet potatoes and onions will keep for months as long as they are kept cool and dry, without any additional work on your part. This reduces the amount of time you have to spend after harvesting.

Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. Perennials with hairy, tough leaves as well as those with unpleasant taste are not appetizing to snails and slugs. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.

Give your flower beds a boost by introducing annuals and biennials. Biennials and annuals that grow quickly can add color to a flower bed, plus they permit you to modify the way the flower bed looks each season and each year. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. Some excellent choices include rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflower, cosmos, petunia and marigold.

Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Some must be tied to supports, but some climbers use twining stems or tendrils and attach themselves to those surfaces. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.

Having beautiful bulb plants is fun while it lasts, but once they have bloomed you are stuck with bulb foliage that is not very attractive. Try to plant bulbs among plants that will grow up and over faded bulb leaves. This way, once the lilies or daffodils are spent, the old foliage will be hidden by the new growth of other plants.

Create an illusion of space. If you have a small garden, use color to create an illusion of more space. A background of blues, grays, pinks and mauves will create a misty effect, giving you the feeling of depth. If you use a bright color in the foreground such as red, this will emphasize the effect, as it draws the eye forward.

Grow plants from seed rather than purchasing plants from a nursery. It can be tempting to purchase plants that already have a head start, but it is usually not necessary. By growing from seed, you could find yourself landscaping your yard for under $50.00 worth of different plant seeds, rather than spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars at a plant nursery.

There is so much that you can do in a garden, whether it is big or small. It truly is a wonderful hobby, and the possibilities are endless. Maybe some of the hints that you just read about are ideas that can get you even more enthusiastic about it

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