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Gardening advice is abundant. You can find it in your neighbor’s yard, in a book or on the internet. These are all wells of information. There are some things you may want to consider before carving the information you receive into stone or sticking your garden spade into the ground. What works for one may not work for you. Consulting with a professional landscaper can help you to avoid many costly mistakes.

You may be planning a vegetable garden or a holiday display. You can be doing spring plantings to give your property a look that will be admired by everyone, all summer. You can be doing a fall planting that will keep greenery or brilliant autumn colors in your yard through the season. Whatever the reason for your endeavor, a lot of planning needs to be done.

I beg your pardon, did you say you were planning an elaborate rose garden. That can be quite a thorny situation if it is new to you. Roses need a special handling. Do you want knock-off roses, old favorites, nursery grown or cuttings from others in your yard? A rose garden can be a masterpiece or a disaster. It all will depend on how much you know and whether you are ready to ask a professional for advice and help. That help can come from a professional landscaping company in your area.

Professional landscapers are familiar with the quality of the soil and the way to do it properly. You need to know how much sun those roses will need.  What about food? Will you need a root stimulator when you plant them? When should you plant and when should you prune? If you have the knowledge, you are in a good place. If you have questions, you are probably in a good place as well. You can always ask for help. Your neighbor may have a beautiful rose garden with soil that has been properly cared for. You may not have that in your yard.

Don’t be discouraged by your dream. Bring that dream to reality by consulting with a local landscaper to give you the advice. It does not mean that they will have to do the work, but they can lead you to the proper plants to put on your property. The advice is free. The experience is priceless. It can help you to avoid mistakes and have the garden of your dreams.

A professional can also give you advice on how to handle pests in your yard. Slugs, can be quite a problem at some times in the year. As your garden comes to life, so do the pests that survive on the beautiful things in your garden. If you are planning an organic garden for the first time, there is no better resource than the one that has been at your neighborhood nursery for years. You can be advised on what to use for fertilizer and insecticides.

Bringing new things to life in your own yard is a rewarding experience. Learning all of the little things that your victory garden needs to thrive throughout the spring season is fun. Having an herb garden outside your kitchen door will allow you to make the gourmet dishes you see on television. Having a flower garden will give you a beautiful place to enjoy the warm afternoons and evening.

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Herb Garden Tips – Must Read Introduction to Herb Gardening

It can be really frustrating to get half way into a recipe and suddenly discover that you need two leaves of fresh basil, or that you need fresh cilantro for a garnish. Stopping in the middle of dinner preparations to run to the store is rarely an option, so you end up serving a dish that is good, but could have been so much more if you had all of the ingredients. 

One way to ensure that you have a ready supply of fresh herbs on hand at all times is to grow your own. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and you don’t need a tilled garden plot to do it. There are many commercially prepared planters that make growing your own herbs an easy option.  These pots and trays come pre-filled with the seeds already placed in the correct kind of soil for the herbs to grow well. All you really need to do is follow the instructions about sunlight and water. You can even make it fun and get the kids involved in watering and caring for the “herb garden.”

Some find that they enjoy the gardening process as much as they do having the herbs at hand when they need them. These folks often possess a bit of a green thumb and are looking for a little more gardening excitement than just removing the plastic wrap from a pre-stuffed pot and adding water. One option for the botanically inclined is to transplant shoots. If cut off pieces of herb are planted quickly into a proper mixture of topsoil and compost, then they will take root and begin to grow just as if they had been seeded. You may also find it helpful to use a hormone rooting powder. This will aid your new plant as it begins to grow roots out of what used to be leaf nodes.

If you are going to be potting your own herbs, whether by seeding them, transplanting them, or trying to get shoots to take root, then you need to make sure that your pots are safe for food. Stay away from any pot that may have lead in its composition. For that matter, you want to stay away from any pot that is painted with a bright color, as these pigments usually contain lead as well. Your best choice is found in using plastic or terra-cotta pots. These are always food safe.

Enjoy the process, as well as the fruits, of your new herb garden. The ability to walk out of your back door and snip off your own fresh ingredients is very fulfilling. Check one more item off of your stress list knowing that you’ll never serve an incomplete recipe again.

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