Useful Habits of Successful Gardeners
By Heather Roberts
If you want to have a thriving garden but you're not sure what you can do with this, then you should know that there are a few habits you can form that would make your gardening and landscaping far easier by comparison. The following will explain what you can do with that:
The shorter version of this can be summed up in the fact that nature uses everything it has and it changes shape from one thing to another. You can make use of composting to make something out of nothing. It can be a literal win-win scenario of you let it happen, as it allows you to reinvent your garden in many ways. A great amendment to your soil that wins you plenty of green points for avoiding your plants from ending up in the landfill, composting will really make a difference. It may be easy to fall into thinking that composting is almost tossing things away, but the truth is you will have a chance to do a lot of good with layering and turning during the process
You should spread it around your plants to help ward of disease, putting a bit in your potting mix to release its micronutrients, top dressing beds with it to help improve the soil structure no matter what kind of soil you are working with. You can use it to even restore life to what has been exhausted from years and years of chemical abuse if you never used compost. Just sprinkle it on your lawn during spring and fall and this will help encourage the growth of the shallow roots of the grass.
Planting crops in wider beds
Crops can take many shapes, from vegetables to shrubs and flowers, keeping these grouped as tightly as possible in beds that are not stepped upon will help cut down the weeding, water conservation and will allow your composting to be concentrated where it is needed so it can improve the structure of the soil. The beds will be raised or at the very least corralled with boards so they can be kept separate from the rest of the garden. For the soil and the plants this will be one treatment that matters.
Mulching will clothe the soil in a useful protective barrier that will help moderate the temperature, conserve water in the process and to keep soil borne diseases from becoming a serious problem. Almost any organic mulch will rot down to the soil and it will be a preferable solution to landscaping than using chemical assistance. Straw is one inexpensive solution, but one that happens to be untidy compared to using wood chips and it will break down significantly faster than other options. That helps suit straw to the vegetable patches while the chips will usually win when it comes to being used under shrubs. Specialized mulches will help for warm the soil and reflect some of the light back onto the vegetables that are often biodegradable.
Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has many published articles on various topics such as gardening, landscaping and home maintenance etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.