Here’s something we’ve always known to be true…Gardening is an art. And to every great artist, there is immense pride in the art.
However, creating art is hard work!
And we’ll be the first to admit, it’s the same for a garden. There’s pruning, planting, sowing, mowing, raking, watering and digging to do…so a few insider secrets won’t hurt to help you move things along a bit.
Experience teaches you a thing or two, but does it necessarily have to be your own personal experience?
Whether you are a novice gardener or have some gardening experience to your credit, our 6 secrets will have something for everyone.
Secret #1: Brush up on your knowledge of seasonal gardening
Want your garden to be flawless all year round? You need to invest time in knowing what plant thrives during each season.
For instance, the dry seasons will mostly supply us with warm sunshine and then hot scalding sun – you have to make sure your plants do not suffer the heat in silence. Water your plants thoroughly during this season (of course, you have to pay attention to the plant instructions when watering)
Rising temperatures also calls for a closer look at your soil. You have to protect your soil and ensure it retains enough moisture. During this season, you have to check your plants regularly for pests.
And in the rainy season? Keep it at the back of your mind that too much of a good thing can be disastrous. You have to keep your plants from drowning. Try to starve them of water and get air moving around them.
If they are exposed to much rain without air, you are likely to get mould on them at the stem.
Secret #2: Have an overall design in mind before planting anything
We get it. The excitement to plant sometimes is so great that you start off with the first plant you can lay your hands on.
But it is important to know for starters how much land you have available, your budget and the time you can dedicate to it.
If you know how much land you have, you can figure out where you want everything to be. For example, if you are looking to plant a tree, you already know it’s going to take a lot of space, so you may want to place it in a place where there is grass.
Remember that the grass has to be such that it can survive and grow on the shadow of the tree. You can map things out on a piece of paper and decide what should go where.
Having a plan in mind right before you start planting makes things easier for you.
Secret #3: Get the best seeds
Want to find out if the saying “You reap what you sow is true?” start your garden with subpar seeds.
Visiting a trusted nursery or ordering your seeds from reputable companies is the time-tested way to ensure quality. This is the time to splurge. Invest in the best seeds you can afford, also remember to get disease-resistant varieties.
Cheaper seed packets by the roadside may tempt you but they aren’t reliable.
Secret #4: Try a green wall
For anyone who enjoys nature, having a vertical garden is a huge joy. If you want a truly flawless garden, you should try something different and exciting?
Instead of hanging pots on the wall or having them placed on the floor, you could design an entire wall as a garden. Cool right?
Not only does your wall separating your property from others look beautiful, you also have a nice view every time you exit or enter your home.
So can you modify your wall to make a vertical garden?
Secret #5: Get a bunch of flowers that give colours
Green is lovely. But an explosion of green, orange, yellow and violet? Incredible.
Flowering plants with spectacular colours can be a wonderful addition to your garden. You can also use them as a buffer, to help you define your gardens and section it.
As is expected, beauty often comes with maintenance. With these sorts of flowers, they need to be replanted after a while because they won’t last forever. By the way, it has nothing to do with how great (or not) your gardening skills are, it’s just because of how long they naturally last.
Secret #6: Take inspiration from others
Across the world, there are truly beautiful gardens you can take inspirations from. You don’t necessarily have to replicate the exact idea especially if you don’t have space or budget, but it will help form an image of what you want.
This is especially important when you are working on your garden plan.
Keep these tips in mind as we prepare for the new year. A resolution to have an amazingly flawless garden in 2019 perhaps?