Gardening, although a hobby to many, is far from being an easy job. You need to learn a lot of things before you can call yourself a gardener. Mainly a person will learn from their own mistakes.
“Fresh” gardeners are frequently impatient, they sow and trim too soon, or they plant the flowers too close together, and often also in the wrong places or soil.
The belief that gardening is but a simple task is wrong. People often think that gardening is merely seeding a few seeds and wait for the plants to grow. Any experienced gardener would tell you that the work starts long before this – in cold months, when plants are resting, when trees and shrubs as well as grass are at the stage of sleep and a gardener only dream of what will the garden look like in warm summer days.
If you are serious about gardening then winter and early spring is the perfect time for planning. Now is the right moment to browse through all possible catalogs with seeds and plants and imagine your garden upfront.
Time off nature should be used for research and inspiration. Spend time learning about the plants, visit fairs and exhibitions of flowers and read some books on gardening. Thus, you will find many ideas that will help you organize your garden and flower beds when the time comes. Not only you can determine what kind of flowers you want to have, but you can plant a variety of well-combined flowers together successfully – so that your flower garden will be always beautiful and colorful.
Learn also about pests and other unwanted flower visitors. You know that certain flowers attract certain types of insects and birds and you may want to avoid them (such as bees, if you are allergic to their bites).
The decision for a particular plant simply because you like its appearance and color may be wrong and a money waster. First of all, think about where you live and how much sunlight your flowers could possible get?
Planning billet is impossible without consideration of climatic conditions! Most of the people believe that a particular plant is able to sustain the given climate conditions in the area in which they live if such plants are being sold at local nurseries and garden centers, but unfortunately this is not the case. Therefore, make sure you check each plant separately regarding climate requirements, otherwise you will quickly be disappointed when that plant will not blood, or will not survive for long.
Particular attention should be given to tropical and other plants that are not native to your area. It’s true that banana trees and lemon trees might grow in non-tropical areas, but these trees are only able to survive in summer – during the winter you will need to protect them from cold. Do you have enough suitable space where you can store these trees for the winter?
Another condition for the growth is the daily amount of sunlight. Make sure your plants / flowers have at least six to eight hours of sun per day. If that’s not the case go for plants that grow in the shade. On all seed packages you’ll notice that on the packaging there are labels telling you how much sun and light is required for that particular plant. Ask the vendors for more detailed information.
No matter whether you’re an organized person who wants to have the plants planted in order or if you are a bit more artistic soul and plant plants where the seed falls, you need to think about two things: the size of flowerbeds and plant height. Don’t let plants overgrow other plants!
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