If ever there were a quiet, simple and relaxing way to enjoy life, it most certainly is gardening! Cultivating beautiful flowers and harvesting healthy food is a great way to spend time and is about as far from hectic life as you can get, from right in your own back yard! This site is full of helpful ideas on making the experience of gardening, an even better one for you!

While most of the fruits of your labor and the fruits of your trees, will actually show up in specific seasons, this doesn’t mean that all of the work is done in those seasons. Gardening has tasks to do all year round so be sure that you are ready for this kind of commitment.

Plant larger plants like trees or shrubbery in the fall to encourage strong root development. Since the ground is still warm compared to the air temperature and the plants do not have leaves to grow and support it, their resources will be concentrated in the root system, thus creating a strong foundation.

Water efficiently to promote plant growth and cut down on the water bill. Watering at night or early in the morning is the most efficient time to water. The heat and the sun makes the water evaporate before it soaks it in. Watering closer to the ground will also minimize evaporation permitting your plants to receive the maximum amount of water.

Planting a garden at the right time is important. Learn when your area will have it’s expected last frost. Some plants can go in the ground a little before that time, others must wait until after. There are some plants, such as tomatoes and peppers, that need to be started from seed indoors well before the last frost date.

Use groundcover to fill in bare areas of soil. Groundcover plants are very effective for ‘tying’ larger plants together and keeping weeds to a minimum. The earth needs to be well-cultivated, weeded and well-fertilized before you plant anything. In order for the plant to become well established, water thoroughly during dry spells and remove any weeds that may pop up. Fast growing groundcover plants include creeping thyme, sedum, ajuga, golden oregano, heuchera, lamium and vinca.

Garden Design

Think about a color scheme. Your garden design will take shape more smoothly and quickly if you choose a color scheme to work around. Before deciding, take into account any existing plants and such things as the color of the facade of your house. You can choose one color scheme for the entryway planting, and something completely different for a mixed border in the back garden. If you are a beginning gardener, don’t worry about mistakes. If you end up with a garish looking display, you can simply remove certain plants!

Choose a plant as a focal point. In any good garden design, a focal point will grab the eye and hold it there. More often than not, it is a plant that is distinctively different from its neighbors. Remember – if the plant is to remain effective as a focal point, you shouldn’t overuse it in the garden.

Create a certain mood for your garden. Just as with interior design, one of the most exciting aspects of garden design is using color to create a mood or feeling. Use soft blues and purples for a cool and soothing atmosphere, yellows for cheerfulness, and reds and oranges to create excitement. If you are uncomfortable when deciding on colors, choose plants with grey-green or silvery foliage to mix in with your flowers. They will act as a ‘buffer’ between incompatible colors and link different color schemes.

As was defined in the beginning of this article, gardening is a most beneficial expenditure of your time, money and energy. Hopefully, you have found many tips and tricks to give you greater advantages from your own garden. Laughter is one of the best medicines, but gardening is one of the great therapies, with so many perks and pluses, it’s nearly impossible not to reap all of its many benefits!