How is your garden looking?
Whether you’re a novice or an experienced gardener, tending to your produce can be an incredibly rewarding and therapeutic experience.
If you’re keen to spruce up your outdoor space this year, take a look at our gardening tips and tricks below:
Remember That Every Garden is Unique
No two gardens are the same. Whilst some may be north-facing, others may be south-facing – and this has a huge impact on the amount and quality of sun that your plant gets, in addition to the time of day it receives sunlight.
Once you’ve established the sun’s trajectory over your garden, you can start to plan locations for your plants, and come up with a watering schedule.
Don’t forget to check your soil, too. Some soils are more acidic than others, whilst some are more alkaline. Discovering the types of soil in your garden will help you determine which plants will thrive, and which won’t. For example, azaleas are known for growing best in acidic soils, whilst geraniums like alkaline conditions.
Gardening Tips and Tricks: Learn How to Prune Properly
Pruning is an essential step for maintaining the quality and condition of each of your plants. In addition to keeping up its aesthetic quality, pruning organic matter and dead leaves helps to prevent overgrowth, making room for seasonal blooms.
Pruning your plant in the right place, and at the right time, can stimulate growth near the roots. Plants have different pruning requirements, so it’s important to do your research so you can ensure you’re really making the most of it.
Make the Most of Your Compost
Whether you make your own compost or you purchase it from your local garden centre, you may be surprised to learn of the many ways it can help your garden to prosper.
When fed to your plants, compost and organic matter helps plant roots retain moisture and nutrients. In addition to supporting healthy plant growth, composting provides an eco-friendly method of disposing of your household waste.
Gardening Tips and Tricks: Create a DIY Greenhouse
If you own a small garden, or you simply don’t have the resources to build a greenhouse, you can use a variety of household items to make your own seed-thriving pods.
Using the top half of a milk bottle or a transparent umbrella over a plant pot, you can create a shelter for your seedlings that will provide ideal conditions for growth.
Make Reusable Gardening Tags
If you’re a keen gardener and your outdoor space is flourishing with plants galore, it’s important that you remember which plant is which, particularly when it comes to individual plant care.
This tip is ideal for beginner gardeners too, who may be learning about different plant types.
Consider investing in a label maker, in which you can make your own reusable and weather-proof labels for each of your plants. This way, you’ll never forget which plant is which – and you’ll be able to research care and growth instructions should you lose them.
At Huntington and Langham Estate, we take pride in our outdoor space. It’s much loved by our staff and residents alike, and is a place where many of us like to reflect, relax and hone our gardening skills.
To find out more about our care, or to book a viewing, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.
Alternatively, why not take a look at our previous blog post to discover why our dedicated carers love their careers?
Did you find our gardening tips and tricks useful? For more inspiration, check out our previous blog post on the therapeutic benefits of gardening.