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Sometimes as a gardener it's pretty hard to take care of everything. Read on for some clever gardening tips that will make your life a whole lot easier.

Clever Gardening Tips: Colorful Flowers

Every gardener needs some help from time to time and there are some clever gardening tips that can really make your life easier and save you time, effort or money. If you already know some of them that’s great, but we bet you don’t know all the tips below.

  1. Pot-in-Pot. Instead of digging up and changing the seasonal plants accordingly, it would be much easier and cleaner to plant them in a pot and change the pot seasonally. In this way you save yourself the dirty work, time and also the effort of changing them. Keeping several pots for different herbs or vegetables makes it much more easier to handle them and switch them when the time is right.
  2. Use foam peanuts. Instead of filling the whole pot with soil, you might want to place a layer of foam peanuts at the bottom and then place the soil and the plants. The foam peanuts help in a better drainage so the water doesn’t remain in the pot more than it’s needed. Also, it makes the pots a whole lot easier to handle and to move. Although this is perhaps one of the most clever gardening tips, it’s advisable to also add a layer of landscape fabric over the foam peanuts so that the soil doesn’t sink and fill in the spaces between the peanuts.
  3. Boost your garden with calcium. Just like you, your garden needs calcium to grow healthy. Using eggshells in the garden is one of the most useful clever gardening tips, but putting them in the blender first is even greater! If you grind them they will be more easily absorbed by the soil and therefore it will be richer and more nutritive for your plants.
  4. Keep your pets away. There are no clever gardening tips more useful than this one. If you have pets, especially cats or dogs, it would be really a shame to let them wander in your garden, where you have put such effort into growing lovely plants. A convenient solution for both sides would be to place plastic forks among the plants. They will make the cat uncomfortable in case it ever gets in there and it will make it leave without hurting her and without damaging your plants either.
  5. Container gardens. If you’re too busy to manage a real-size garden or simply you don’t have the required space, one of the clever gardening tips that might help you is to have container gardens. It’s easy to fill a container with the right type of soil (don’t forget about the packing peanuts) and to plant whatever plants you like there. Actually, it can prove easier to maintain such a garden than a real life one, mainly because of the space and time required.
  6. Use diapers. No, not on yourself, but in potted plants. In the summer, for instance, when the plants needs more humidity for a much longer period of time, diapers are great for retaining water inside the pot and nourishing the plant all day long.

See also: Top 10 Herbs to Have in Your Garden

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The English gardens are renowned for their beauty, no wonder many people wish to have a garden decorated in that style. However, careful with the climate and the plants! Read on for more tips on having your own English garden!

English Pond

Whoever’s a fan of Jane Austen and also loves gardening must have though at least once in his life to create his own English garden. Indeed, this gardening culture has been developing in England for centuries, and maybe this is one of the reasons for which many people dream of creating an English garden in their own courtyards. If you think about this too, here are some tips and tricks you should know before getting to work on your dream.

Well cared-for lawn. The lawn may not seem the most important part of an English garden, but for sure it gives a special look and a great background for flowers, bushes and other decorations. That’s why it needs to be well cared-for, wetted as much as it needs to be in order to maintain its lovely and lively green color. No garden with yellowish lawn will look good, no matter how beautiful the flowers in it are.

Special flowers. Since we’re talking about flowers, you should know that there are certain types that you need to include when creating an English garden. Among the perennial flowers there are Aquilegia, Asters, Chrysanthemum, daisies or lavender, and for the annuals you can choose Impatiens, begonias, petunias or Dianthus. However, when planting them you should take into account the climate in your area and if they can resist or not to those climatic conditions.

Shrubs and trees. These two are also important parts of an English garden, so you cannot skip them. They need to be rich and they can surround the entire garden. For sure you won’t say no to a bit of shade to hide from the hot sun in the summer, right? Some of the species you can choose are Boxwood, Hydrangea or Dogwood, but you can also get creative and have you own version of an English garden. Also, you can play around with the species that grow in your area, so don’t be afraid to use your imagination.

Pebble pathways. A must-have when creating an English garden, pebble pathways are not only beautiful, but also practical. It saves you the effort of making a cement pathway (totally tasteless), and it’s also very useful in protecting your lawn from getting stepped on and yourself from stepping in the mud, for instance. Depending on how do you want your final result to look like, you can choose smaller or bigger pebbles.

Ponds, bridges, caves. To finish off the romantic look of an English garden, you need to add one of these elements. It’s not hard to create an artificial pond in your garden, and neither a bridge does not require too great an investment. However, for a grotto or a small cave, you will need to make small hills of sand or cave them right into the earth. Even if these might prove to be the most challenging parts in creating an English garden, they are totally worth it!

As much as you’d love this style of gardening, please be aware that you will need to have the proper climatic conditions to plant and care for different plants, so take this into account also. More than that, if at any point you believe you need help, don’t hesitate to call for a specialized designer!

See also: Exotic Plants to Have in Your Garden

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