Amazing Gifts for a Gardener
Tending to a garden takes a great deal of time, care and attention. Indeed, many gardeners will dedicate a few minutes every day or every week to looking after their patch, whether great or small, and most are justly proud of the products of their hard work. When searching for inspiration for presents, gardening gifts can be absolutely perfect for people who are passionate about plants. In fact, whether tending to a vegetable patch, looking after a lawn or planting flowers – or even just taking care of hanging baskets or a bonsai tree – gardening related gifts can be perfect for anyone with green fingers. Getting outdoors and doing some hard work is great for your health and, what’s more, it offers the opportunity to engage in pursuits like bird watching. Because of that, a great gardening gift might be just the thing to get a friend or relative into their yard, even if they’re not out there already – and, as a fulfilling, satisfying pursuit, it could be the start of something amazing. Here are a few ideas for unique gardening gifts which are sure to bring a smile to the face of whoever you give them to, whether they’re a gardening enthusiast already or if they’re just starting out.
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Simple tips for people just getting into gardening
Mowing the lawn is one thing, but tending to a garden can seem like a daunting task. How do you repel weeds, at the same time as keeping your plants alive – all the while repelling slugs and snails and other wildlife? How should you cope with your first winter? And when things go awry, is it because you’re doing something wrong or do you need to knuckle down and stick to your strategy? For a beginner, it can be tough to know – but there’s a world of opportunity, whether you want to plant trees in your garden, grow your own vegetables or just brighten your view with hanging baskets or plant pots on a balcony. What we recommend is nailing down the basics and, as you learn more, you’ll get a feel for it and things will begin to come naturally. Here are some basic tips to get you started on creating a stunning garden of your very own.
– Research what plants are a fit for your climate and for your soil. Having a firm grasp of what’s right for your garden, and when you should plant it, will be a good start to putting you on the road to success. You might also want to ask your green-fingered neighbors what works for them – if you have unusually acidic soil, for example, they’ll be in the know and will be able to give you advice. You may eventually be able to introduce more exotic flora to your space, or be able to try your hand at planting out of season, but if you start with plants that will thrive in your climate then you’ll make things much easier for yourself.
– Commit to the job. It’s going to be hard work, but if you let it go, then weeds will set in and your plants will become overrun with pests – and all of your good work will be undone. Not only will you have to pull out what’s there, you’ll have to start all over again having dumped all your efforts so far.
– Be gentle with young plants – if you’re rough with them, you could bruise or break them, writing them off from the very start. You should also water the roots of a plant before planting it in order to give it a head start on bedding down in the soil and beginning to spread out. That said, don’t overwater your plants – they’ll receive plenty of moisture from the ground and from rain. To check if they need watering, put your finger in the soil as a measure and see if it feels moist or very dry. If it’s the latter case, then it may be worth giving them some water.
– Give plants enough room to grow – that means spacing them out. If you don’t, they’ll be more prone to blight and, overall, fewer of them will make it. Your plant tags will provide guidelines on how far apart you should place them to ensure that they have the best chance in life. It’s also a good idea to leave labels in the ground so you know what’s what and to have a picture of what everything should eventually look like.
– Buy a rain gauge to get an accurate idea of how much rainfall there has been. If it’s been dry for a while then you should consider watering your plants whether they’re in pots or in the earth.
– Buy gardening equipment toward the end of the year for big savings. You’ll need some gardening equipment to get started – including anything from a good shovel to some sturdy gardening gloves. Just like clothes, though, seasonal demand for gardening equipment goes up and down – so the best time to buy is when demand is low, late in the year and in the fall. That said it’s worth forking out for good quality equipment, rather than cheap items which might break on you, or will make it harder to get the job done. If you’re shopping in the fall, you might also want to look out for a discount barbecue to enjoy in the garden the following spring or summer.
– Reduce the weight of heavy pots – instead of filling large pots with soil to the very bottom, line the base with Styrofoam packing peanuts before placing a layer of landscape fabric over them, to keep them dry. This will fill the pot out, while making it much lighter to work with and to move around your garden. If you need to move a bunch of pots, this trick could save you a lot of heavy lifting.
– Restrict the growth of aggressive plants by planting them in the soil in a plastic plant pot that has had the bottom removed. That way you can rest assured that they won’t start crowding out your other plants – or eating up all the nutrients from the soil.
– Keep track of your progress by creating an album. Include the tags for the plants that you’ve bought, or copies of them, as well as details of what you’ve planted where in your garden. By making notes on how your plants have fared and how you’ve looked after them, you’ll have a much fuller picture of what’s worked over time and what hasn’t. What’s more it also functions as a record of all your hard work, which you can look back on with satisfaction.
If you follow these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to assembling your perfect garden. It’s hard work, but it should be a thoroughly rewarding task, as you literally watch something grow. As with your little stalks, the only way is upwards.