The Difference Between Over Watering and Not Watering Your Garden Enough

The biggest way to mess up a garden is by either over watering or not watering enough, the biggest obstacle is finding that in-between satisfaction place for your plant. It’s this simple process of going out every morning to water your flowers or vegetable plants that things can become tricky. What do you do after it’s rained for 3 days, how long do you wait to water your plants again?

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Now as a first-time gardener, watering your plants will be a wait-and-see game. There is no need to panic, all you have to do is keep an eye out for the topsoil, does it seem overly dried and cracked? Or is it muddy and mushy to the touch? This physical altercation can tell you everything about when to water and when to wait another day. Because what happens to your plants if you over water? The leaves will start to have a yellowish tint and become lifeless causing the leaf to actually look sick-looking.

For an overly dry plant, this means the root system is receiving no water and causes the plant to shrivel and dry out like below:

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Typically the only reason your plants should be crunchy dry is to utilize as herbs or as decor. But also under watering can cause this crazy drying effect. Now over watering, the leaves will always wilt. This wilting stage can be reversed but only it you leave the plant to dry completely. If not, then the plant can not be saved. This also refers to if you live in a flood zone or a heavy rain area, always check the plant species to see if they can handle that quantity or water.

The plants that do the best with flood zones and standing water are: Water hyssop, Pickerelweed, Cattail, Iris, Canna, Elephant’s ear, Swamp sunflower, and Scarlet swamp hibiscus.

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But what plants can take the heat and less water? That’s an excellent question, there are is a great selection of flowers that need very little water. This collection of flowers love low water areas and dry heat: Mexican feather grass, Cape blanco, Angelina, Lavendula multifada, Sempervivum, Rock rose, Agastache rugosa, New Zealand iris, Verbena, and Penstemon.

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If you’ve noticed the richer the colors the more likely they can take a lot of heat and less watering. The lighter tones involved with plants that require heavy watering shows this clear distinction between flower species. Always check the species of your plant and do a little research before planting, always check your zone climate. Because if you plant a hot heat plant in a cool climate, it will not fair well at all and will die off quickly.

A great way to search for exotic plant species is by determining which ones can handle tropical heat or tropical rain, this is so you can plant a tropical plant in your garden that can survive in your planting zone. Oddly, enough, most tropical plants fair very well in the Midwest of the United States. This is because of the heat and humidity presented in the heartland of America.

But a caution warning, do not plant an invasive plant species that will kill off your garden. This is not only bad for your garden but with pollen being carried from insects to different areas around your living territory, that invasion species can become uncontrollable.

So what are the 3 rules to watering?

Check the top soil to see if it’s cracked or soft

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Check the leaves to see if they have wilted or have become crunchy – they should not be either option

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Do not plant an invasive species

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Be sure to read all of the instructions given on the plant tab when you’ve bought the item and check your garden every morning for pests and soil cracking.

Why Has Gardening Become the World’s Favorite Hobby?

The lows and lows of the world from early 2020 till June 2021, gardening has become the utmost best way to spend any past-time. With gardening being one of the best ways to release stress or finding a way to escape a hard day’s work, those little sprouting seedlings are seeing more care than ever before.

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Firstly, gardening offers a way to de-stress and provides healthy mental health. Oddly enough 2020 has offered the time for the rest of us to get back in touch with nature. To dig our hands into the soil and watch those little seedlings turn into giant outdoor/indoor plants. Let alone, starting a garden can help with sustaining a community with available food.

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How Can Gardening Improve Your Health?

Absolutely! Being able to grow your own food to feed yourself, your family or, the neighbors living on your block; being able to grow your own food to sustainably satisfy an organic diet or just for a healthier lifestyle overall can completely improve your health status. While, gardening will be a touch aspect to grasp because plants grow differently depending on where you live. If you live in the northern hemisphere, check out the plants that thrive in that landscape and check out the plants that can’t survive as well.

However, it should be noted: Find out if you are allergic to anything, including food. Because no one wants to grow vegetables and they are allergic to one.

Take the proper time to read through blogs, books, and watch YouTube videos that show tutorials on how to set up a garden box, or area. However, always test your your soil with tools available on Amazon to ensure the soil will not kill the seedlings before they grow.

Continuing with how gardening can improve your health, the first rule of thumb: Your mind will thank you for not being in front of a screen for so long. The best antidote for constantly checking your phone is by having your hands playing in the dirt. Did you know that contact with harmless bacteria in the soil that helps release serotonin in the brain? How incredible is that! Along with allowing any stress to melt away, the needed sunlight (always wear sunscreen) and fresh air to help open our lungs to become even stronger.

Does An Indoor Garden Have the Same Benefits?

Indoor plants and flowers can be a huge benefit to your indoor living space. Even bedrooms can be decorated with lively plants! Fun fact: If you suffer from asthma several types of ferns are great plants to have to help alleviate your asthma. Ferns such as the Boston Fern can help alleviate or causes your allergies to flare up. We suggest doing research to see what plant will add to your easy breathing rather than add chaos to your living area.

Do we have to mention how incredible indoor plants can look in a classic statue vase, just like above? When you you’re own style and combine that with decorating your home or room, plants make everything better. And guess what you can get free flowers if you have a garden growing outside! The benefits of starting and managing a garden is endless. From the mental, physical and spiritual health adding a plus factor, along with general stress relief in a matter of minutes.

By all means test out what it means to manage a garden, it’s not easy in the slightest. Certain sunny days can sunburn vegetables, and certain heavy rain days can cause soil and roots to create mold or drown in the water. That means never place your garden in a low spot within your property ever. Unless it’s a weeping willow tree (they love water) then that’s the only exception.

Take the time to find out how your garden has changed your health, what’s the benefits and why that change has been incredibly welcomed. As the title states, these are the reasons why gardening has become the ultimate favorite hobby in the last year.

Growing Sunflowers the Right Way

Sunflowers can spread as far as the eye can see when it comes to a sunflower field, and the plant itself is strong as possible. Plus, 2021 has been deemed the Year of the Sunflower! The official name is Helianthus annuus and yellow is not the only color sunflower petals come in, red, maroon, and brown. Another interesting aspect to note is that sunflowers can move, they are heliotropic. This means the sunflower head with the seeds and petals can physically turn to face the sun head-on.

As you could imagine, sunflowers grow best when they have direct sunlight. While some shade is okay, these strong flowers can use up to 8 hours of sunlight to help them grow to their full potential. Now, it’s assumed that you could sprinkle out sunflower seeds, and BAM! There is a group of sunflowers growing in your yard. Or better yet, that every sunflower you see is from the same species, which is not correct. There are many varieties of sunflowers, small, color, shape, and one’s that have pollen or without.

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Between different species that produce a different color within the petals, what else is needed:

How to Grow Sunflowers

Wait for the frost to pass, that means waiting until the middle/end of April. Solely because random freezing frost can happen throughout March – Early April. Or wait until the temperatures stay above 10 Celsius or 50 Fahrenheit.

Sunflowers dislike having their roots disturbed, which is why we recommend direct-sowing instead of transplanting. Looking for a location with well-draining soil, as it shouldn’t pool water after it rains. Be sure to test the ground for a slightly acidic to somewhat alkaline pH balance. Included with the pH balance, these flowers are heavy feeders, the more nutrient-rich soil, the better the outcome. The best way to create nutrient-rich soil is to dig between 4-6-8 inches into the ground and mix the soil with fertilizer or aged compost.

Make sure that the soil has a deep registering surface since sunflowers have roots that will grow downward for a few feet. The land/soil you choose needs to be rich in nutrients and enough space to where only sunflowers can take over that specific area. Below is solely a field dedicated to growing sunflowers, and you’ll be able to know if an area is capable of holding these gargantuan flowers if there’s no wilting (dry/non-dense soil) or uprooting (swallow soil). Below is how spectacular your sunflower garden should look.

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Storm Areas

Since anyone can spot a sunflower from a yard away, this tall 12-inch diameter flower head, plus the 6-foot stalk base, unfortunately, cannot hold up against straight wind storms. If planted in a high wind area, plant these top-heavy flowers either next to a fence or some sort of wind block.

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Planting

Sunflowers should be planted 1 to 1-½ inches deep and about 6 inches apart after the soil has thoroughly warmed. If you wish, you can plant multiple seeds and thin them to the strongest contenders when the plants are six inches tall. Experiment with plantings staggered over 5 to 6 weeks to keep enjoying continuous blooms. If you see birds scratching around for the seeds, spread netting over the planted area until seeds germinate.

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The recommended dimensions on how to plant sunflower seeds:

Press the seeds into the soil 1 to 1-½ inches deep and about 6 inches apart. If you make rows, spread them apart 30 inches or more. A light application of fertilizer mixed in at planting time will encourage strong root growth. Experiment with plantings staggered over 5 to 6 weeks to keep enjoying continuous blooms. You can plant multiple seeds and thin them to the strongest contenders when the plants are six inches tall. 

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There are a number of YouTube instructional videos available to gain a visual representation of what you have to do to plant sunflowers. Pros will be able to eyeball the 30 inch distance between rows and the general rule of thumb seed depth to plant these flowers. But don’t fret if you’re not their yet, small sunflower sizes are available to gain a better handle on how to care for sunflowers. Then you can progressively gain more insight to build up towards full range 6 foot tall sunflower stalks.

Spring Gardening for Beginners

Spring is here even as it snows in certain areas around the globe, specifically the United States. But there are specific key points to address. Firstly, there is a difference between flower gardening and vegetable gardening. The two are extremely different especially when it comes to regulating temperature, which species can survive through a random morning frost and which ones cannot.  

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The Biggest and First Step to Gardening 

Figuring out what type of flower species or vegetable/fruit plant you’d like to plant. Now for a beginner it’s very highly recommended on choosing a flower plant that can be first started as a seedling to be planted in a planters pot and kept in a regulated temperature home. The temperature variety acceptable for the plant will be printed on the back of the paper, in which the seeds come in. With an added step being, location, location, location. Locating where an area has full sun, afternoon, or morning sun in vitally important. Typically both plants and vegetables require 5 hours of full sun per day. But, knowing that if you live in the northern part of the United States, morning sun is best. While in the southern part of the United States, afternoon to evening sun is the best time.

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Do Not Do This

Like the photo above, bees are essential to a healthy ecosystem. Let those little cute bumblebees go from flower to flower, do not swat at them. You need them for your garden, which means no pesticides whatsoever. Try organic solutions to a pest problem, but do not use chemicals as this can kill off your plants and ecosystem.

Any pollinators will help your garden flourish and even help cross pollinate different flowers which can cause some incredible and mysterious new species of flowers.

If You’re a Gardener but It’s Your First Winter

You created and laid out your new garden last Spring and now Winter has come and gone, what do you do to check and see if everything is okay? Did you set up any type of fencing around the area? How are the plants themselves that you’ve covered to ensure they would not receive contact with snow or frost? Or have new animals moved into the area? These are the question you will need to ask, to ensure that your garden stays stable and keeps growing.

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An important task is too see if a fence has bowed, split, or weathered heavily. This can cause animals to tear down or simply walk into the garden.

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How heavy was the snowfall that Winter, do your plants look damaged or do they have ice damage? Mostly plants can be revived from frost damage but if it’s severe, you will loose the plant.

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Have you spotted new animals prints in the soil, or have you noticed your plants seem to have a bite taken out of them? Rabbits will eat broccoli, beans, and lettuce. Be sure to keep an eye on your lettuce since this is the most likely vegetable a rabbit will go after.

Invest in Ordinary Garden Tools

Do not go for the outlandish and extreme gardening tools because they look pretty. Go for the most basic looking gardening tools, here is a beginners batch:

Spade

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Gloves

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Sheers

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Garden Fork

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Rake/Hoe

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Towel

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Watering Can

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Wheelbarrow

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These items are essential from professional to beginner on all levels, you will be needing these and most likely replacing a few of them after a while.

Test Your Soil

Since you’re new to the game, a pro gardener tests their soil about every 3 years. This testing can show what nutrients or organic materials it needs and which it has too much of. If there is a high number of phosphorous going on, that means do not add fertilizers that contain a lot of that nutrient. To gain more insight into testing your soil, just visit your local garden or greenhouse shop. They can point you in the right direction.

The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.

Alfred Austin (30 May 1835 – 2 June 1913)

Begin Transplanting

The time has come to utilize those biodegradable planters you’ve planted your seedlings in. Now those biodegradable pots do not need to be completely destroyed while planting. Instead ripping edges does allow the plant to get use to the new soil. We’ve all have heard of transplanting shock, but doing it this way with a biodegradable planter helps wonders. Also the biodegradable planter anymore has nutrients packed into it to allow the plant to feed and thrive off of it.

This guide aims to helps those struggling with knowing what tools to buy and what type of planters to use while holding your seedlings.

Saving Your Plants From a Late Winter

It has become very well apparent that Winter is not letting up for this year in 2021. As harsh as it may seem, a lot of plants will be affected since some farmers and individuals plant around the beginning of April. Yet, here we are on April 20th, dealing with freezing temperatures and at least a few centimeters of snow on the ground.

So the big question, if your plant is not a planter’s pot but instead embedded in the ground… is there a way or a system to prevent losing that plant?

Even the smallest amount of frost can cause a plant to die. But we want to provide a few steps that can at least stimulate your plant long enough to survive a harsh or long-lasting Winter season.

Mulch

Mulch can protect that top layer of soil, so a plant’s roots are not receiving a massive amount of “shock-freeze.” A 5-inch layer of mulch can cause a barrier between a frost ground upheaval, which can happen from course wind that disturbs and removes the top layer of soil. Which can then cause plant roots to show, be aware of soil heaving because this can happen. Which allows the frost to have contact with the root itself.

Take Your Potted Plants Inside

That’s right! If you have potted plants outside, bring them inside to a spot in your home that does not have a severe temperature difference. You can create a warm environment by changing your thermostat to a temperature in the Spring/Summer where the plants thrive. Be sure to check which plants can handle the striking Winter sun. Sometimes the Winter sun is too bright and harsh for plants.

Warming Up Rose Bushes

Use some new soil to build up around the base of the rose bush. You will need at least a foot high to 18 inches high to protect the crown of the rose bush. This mound of soil should very much protect your prize winning or soon to be prize winning rose bush.

Zones

Understanding what zone you live in because in the United States there are different labeled zones. Each zone has information on the seasons and what areas are hit harder with the treacherous winter weather. Seasoned and experienced gardeners know all about what their zone has to offer, talk to someone in the area who is known as a renowned gardener.

Fruit & Vegetables Crops

Vegetable and fruit crops definitely feel the damage from a heavy or even a little frost. Fruits tend to need a constant 55 degree (12 Celsius) or above temperature. Most fruit and vegetable plants cannot withstand harsh cold weather, especially peppers and tomatoes.

What Works

Finding what works, honestly, can take a bit of time. If you’re new to gardening, it’s best to start with seedlings inside your home under a grow lamp. And water with only the suggested amount per day or week. By starting your food-based plants or tropical-based plants inside you’ll have a much better chance at keeping them throughout the season and year. Be aware that some plants can go into temporary shock when they are transplanted from pot to ground. Some will wilt and some will flourish, but water as directed, and keep an eye on the weather to make sure your plants thrive.