Friday, January 21, 2011

spring tips

Spring is the perfect season to take time and smell the flowers. Beautiful blooms and captivating scents fill the air as you walk past any garden. Spring can be such a wonderful time of year for a person who loves to
spend time cultivating plants and beautiful flowers, but it can also be a bit challenging for someone with less experience. Many new gardeners make a few common mistakes. One mistake is to pick a flower or plant that is not suitable for your climate.When you go to a greenhouse there is normally an associate who can help you to determine if a plant is suitable for your environment. Remember that some plants and flowers are annuals and some are perennials. Annuals are plants that bloom only for one year. If you like the plant, you will have to purchase another one for the following year. Perennials are plants that will continue to bloom year after year, unless they are affected with a disease or are not properly maintained. Another helpful hint is to check the plant tags. They will show whether the plant is an annual or a perennial and will also show you how much sunlight and moisture a plant will need to thrive. There are several websites that will also show you which plants are suitable for your climate and which ones are not.

Another mistake that new gardeners make is to plant things too closely to one another or to forget that something was planted in the first place. Both of these mistakes can be easily avoided. After purchasing your plants, do a bit of research. You should be able to find how much a plant is able to grow and you will be able to plant accordingly. To avoid forgetting where you planted something you can keep a garden diagram. Pick symbols to represent plants and draw a diagram of the position of plants in your garden. Label the symbols and write the plant information so you can remember what the plant will need to grow to its maximum potential. You can also keep the plant tags that came with the plant or flower if you do not wish to transfer all of the information.

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