Gardening is an art. It is indeed an expression of nature, but each garden, each patio, even each balcony decorated with plants is unique and unrepeatable, although they have been designed in the same style. Each of us can contribute something of his own that will make that space personal.
So that the landscape can be spectacular almost from the beginning we are going to give you 8 gardening ideas and tricks for newbies that will be very useful if you are a newbie or if you have been in this fascinating world for a while.
1. Be Very Patient And Be Constant
I know what it is to have an empty lot. It seems he is asking you to cover it with plants and flowers, right? But you can’t pretend to have the garden done in the same day; Not even a perfectly decorated balcony can be ready in 24 hours.
Be patient. Go doing work little by little, and you will see how you will get the garden or the patio of your dreams.
2. Choose Native Plants
The native plants are those that grow wild in your area. They are the most recommended for cultivation since they resist the conditions of the place without problems. But if you don’t like it, don’t worry: you can always buy those that live in places with similar weather, which are the ones grown in the outdoor facilities of the closest nurseries.
3. Check Soil Moisture Before Watering
Irrigation is a complicated task, but very important. Each time it is watered, you should avoid wetting the flowers and leaves, and at the same time try to make the soil soaked (but not flooded).
Even so, the risk of the roots rotting is high, so it is always better to check the moisture of the soil before watering, introducing a thin wooden stick and see how much it has adhered to it (if it comes out clean, we can water), or using a digital humidity meter.
4. Put Upholstery Plants
The grass is wonderful, we will not deny it, but it requires a lot of maintenance. A good alternative is to plant upholstery plants, which do not need so much water and also produce small but very pretty flowers.
5. Use Natural Products to Repel And Eliminate Pests
Plants, no matter how well we take care of them, can be affected by various pests: aphids, mealybugs, thrips, red spider … In nurseries, we can find synthetic insecticides that will eliminate them quickly, but we have to take into account that these products are also toxic to beneficial animals, such as ladybugs.
Therefore, from here I recommend using natural products to repel pests, and also to eliminate them if they have not spread much.
6. Prune Your Roses to Give Better Roses
The rose bushes are shrubs that are often grown in gardens, in courtyards, … in short, anywhere. They produce spectacular flowers almost all year round, but they need regular pruning. Thus, we must remove the withered flowers, and make a pruning a little stronger in late winter, trimming the stems about 3-5cm.
7. Place the Plants in Their Proper Location
Plants need light to grow; However, sometimes it happens that they are not put in the location that they should. Consequently, the leaves and branches begin to etiolate, that is, to lengthen to capture more light, or on the contrary, they burn.
In general, trees, palm trees, flowering plants, and cacti should be grown in full sun, but there are exceptions. For example, maples, begonias, and kentias are only some that cannot be exposed to the king star. On the other hand, indoor plants have to be in a room where there is plenty of light so they can grow well.
8. Change Your Plants In Pots
One of the most common mistakes is to think that a plant can live its entire life in the same pot; However, this is not so. Plants grown in containers have to be transplanted normally every 1-2 years, turning to one that is wider with a new substrate.