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The Joy Of Gardening
Author: Dana Goldberg

The beautiful flowers, plants and trees in a garden increase the look and feel of the surroundings. But remember that all the plants want different care in different seasons and the need of all the plants is different. To increase the beauty of a garden we should be careful about them.

There is a difference between indoor plants and outdoor plants. So, one should know that the indoor houseplants and hanging baskets won't need as much water in winters as they require in summers as compared to the outdoor plants, so only water when the soil is dry three inches under the surface. To prevent plants from becoming huge, limit them to one light feeding of fertilizer a month.

Watch your houseplants for insects. Check plants regularly for yellowing or discolored leaves. This condition is usually caused by over watering, but it could also indicate insects. Deformed plants and sticky deposits on leaves and stems could also be caused by insects. If you find insects, remove the plant to another area and treat the problem. There are numerous types of insects and other animals that can spell disaster for your plants. However, there are others that are essential for them to keep them healthy. Bees are vital for pollinating flowers and you should not kill them all.

A garden will look beautiful if it is clean, so we have to be very careful about the cleanliness. Keeping your gardens clean and free of debris and dead plants will help prevent insects and diseases in your garden. Pull up summer annuals and remove dead foliage from perennials. Keep the leaves raked and chop them up to add to the compost pile. Continue to water and turn your compost pile regularly when possible. Turn the soil in beds that don't contain plants to expose weed seeds and soil-borne insects to weather and birds.

It is also essential to clean up your garden tools. Clean, sharp tools make you work easier Remove dirt and debris and oil wooden handles to help preserve them. Sharpen blades so your tools will be ready in the spring. If you take care of your plants and pay them the attention they deserve then your garden will give you many years of happiness. The hard work and effort you put in will be rewarded by the beauty of the plants in your garden.

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