If you are looking for some expert gardening tips, Brian Minter has them. He offers practical advice on the best plants to plant, and how to arrange them with an artistic eye. Some of his suggestions include staggered planting, interesting colour combinations, and adding whimsical decorations. And don’t forget to water your plants at least four to six inches deep.
Plants that thrive in dry conditions
If you are looking to grow healthy plants, consider adding beneficial nematodes to your soil. These beneficial organisms kill the leaf miner larvae and prevent the emergence of the adult leaf miner. You can add beneficial nematodes twice a year to your soil. Also, don’t forget to remove plant debris that may harbor leaf miners. Many of these insects overwinter in plant debris.
Adding intrigue to the garden
Adding intrigue to your garden is easy, and can be achieved in a variety of ways. For example, you can use an arbor to create a sense of unique place. While most people simply plant predictable plants on these structures, they can be made to create a sense of mystery.
Using coffee grounds as fertilizer
Using coffee grounds as a fertilizer is an inexpensive and effective way to boost the fertility of your soil. Coffee grounds contain essential nutrients for plants and can be strewn directly on your garden’s soil or worked into the top layer to boost aeration and drainage. This method is especially beneficial for plants that love acidic soil.
Coffee grounds contain nitrogen, which helps speed the decomposition process and provide essential nutrients to your plants. For plants, you can mix two cups of used coffee grounds with five gallons of water and allow it to steep overnight. The next morning, you can mix the mixture with a spray bottle and spray it onto your plants’ stems or leaves.
The addition of coffee grounds to the soil will also help prevent weeds in your garden. The grounds will also discourage cats from using your plants as a litter box. Coffee grounds are a great organic mulch.
Watering plants at least four to six inches deep
Watering plants at least four to six inches deep is a critical part of gardening success. Most plants need about a half gallon of water per square foot per week. However, the amount of water a plant needs can vary greatly, especially during extreme weather conditions like hot, dry summers and cold winters. Watering deeply is better than a daily misting and helps plants establish deeper roots. Those deeper roots are more resistant to drought, and will help your plants survive when the surface water is not available.