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It doesn’t matter how you became interested in flowers, plants and shrubs and whether you’ve been pottering in a greenhouse for years or have never even touched a trowel before. The garden doesn’t know how much experience you have, nor does it care if you make silly mistakes, plant endless rows of sweet corn when you meant to grow tomatoes or have ended up using the wrong sort of compost all that matters is that it remains healthy, looked after and full of life.
Lighten The Load
One of the things that puts many people off gardening is the idea of lugging heavy plant pots, moving large sacks of peat, or soil and being down on their knees all day replanting. Take the stress, and strain out of this common gardening task by repotting on a garden bench or in
the greenhouse and then instead of doing each one individually you’ll be able to finish entire rows without bending down. Make large plant pots lighter and easier to carry by filling a third of the pot with packing peanuts, or polystyrene balls, layer on a strip of landscape fabric and then just layer on the soil.
Restrict Difficult Plants
Some plants tend to grow far quicker than others, and particular species have long trailing roots such as rose bushes, ivy and goosegrass. Stop them wreaking havoc on your pristine flowerbeds by planting them in plastic containers which will help to protect delicate roots and stems. Before planting cut the bottom out of the container with a garden, or Stanley knife then the roots will grow straight down into the soil without trying to attack any of the weaker, or younger specimens in the backyard.
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Start A Gardening Scrapbook
You don’t have to be a Chelsea Flower Show winner or the owner of a landscaping company to start your own garden scrapbook. Fill an old photo album with plant tags, seed packets, detailed notes on where items were purchased, a map of where everything is in the garden, typical plant and flower diseases such as blackspot, and sketches of how you’d like your garden to look.
Take plenty of pictures throughout the year so you have an easy reference point for what your garden looks like each season and what new plants you wish to purchase in the spring. Why not have a chat with fellow gardening enthusiasts to pick up any tips? Show your garden design to an expert landscaper for advice? Or visit your local garden centre to discover plants for beginners?
Easy To Read Rain Gauge
When you’re new to gardening, it can sometimes be difficult to remember to water your plants so a rain gauge is critical. If it’s rained recently then it should be ok to hold off for a couple of days, but if your gauge is low or empty, then it’s time to get the watering can or hose pipe out. Make your rain gauge easy to read from a distance by adding red, yellow or blue food colouring. That way, when it next rains, the rainwater will mix with the food colouring and the water level will become super easy to read even from your kitchen window.
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