We all love spending time in our gardens, especially when the weather heats up. At the moment, there’s plenty of preparation to be done in time for next spring before the winter chill kicks in. You may be a well experienced gardener, or a gardening novice. But if you think you know everything there is to know about your garden, then think again. See below our 5 gardening facts you didn’t know:
Before you start tugging away at those ugly weeds, it may be worth baring in mind that they’re often what primary attracts beautiful butterflies to your garden. Everyday weeds such as dandelions and clovers often have a more pungent smell to butterflies than newer flowers bred for colour and size. Therefore, the weeds are more appealing to butterflies.
You’re probably aware that the soil in your back garden may not be the same as someone else’s in the next town; some are more chalky, some clay and some earthy. This can result in different types of plants doing better, or worse, depending on the conditions. A more alkaline soil can make hydrangea’s bloom a pink colour, where a more acidic soil can turn them blue.
One of the lesser known gardening facts is that a sunflower isn’t just one flower! Each head is actually composed of hundreds (sometimes even thousands) of tiny flowers called florets, held together on the stalk. These then ripen to become the seeds. This also applies to other members of the sunflower family, including: daises, goldenrod and asters.
The more you get into the habit of planting, the more you should realise that you don’t need to plant everything at the same time. Succession planting can give you non-stop crops throughout the summer whatever you plan on growing. It can be especially convenient for small gardens where space is limited.
Much research has shown that gardening can improve your mental health and wellbeing. Being outdoor amongst nature can be therapeutic, and the act of gardening can alleviate stress and make you feel more relaxed. It can also help to take your mind away from your hectic everyday life.
So, there you have it. 5 gardening facts you didn’t know about. Why not take them on board when you’re out in your garden? The next time you’re admiring your sunflowers, spare a second to have a closer look at the thousands of tiny flowers! And if you want to grow blue hydrangeas then consider making your soil more acidic by adding high-acid fertilizer.