Gardening is one of life’s most therapeutic and rewarding tasks. Cultivating your own garden gives you somewhere to get back to nature and reflect.

Gardening is not only good for the soul it is in fact proven to be beneficial for your health. It relieves stress and depression symptoms while also being great for your blood pressure while giving you a bit of exercise too.

Gardening is great for everyone and provides a beautiful escape you create yourself. You do not need to be an expert to get involved with gardening but as a novice you may encounter some irritating aspects that horticulturalists have learnt to solve. Deterring plant eating insects like slugs and snails is just one of many little annoyances that experience gardeners know how to solve so follow these simply garden care and garden maintenance top tips to keep gardening as relaxing and productive as possible.

1 – Planting

When you are involved in the task of bulb planting you may find that sometimes your prizes flowers are dug up by wildlife before they even have a chance to germinate. To avoid this try covering bulb areas with chicken wire, that way mice and squirrels will be put off.

2 – Deterring Pests

There are two great ways to repel slugs and snails without having to poison them. Putting down slug poison can harm other animals and is inhumane but if you scatter some totally organic crushed egg shells in your plant pots, slugs and snails will be deterred and the calcium in the egg shells is good for the soil.

A second way to repel slugs is to attract other animals to your garden such as amphibians and birds, which are their natural predators. A wildlife pond or log pile will be beloved by amphibians and bird feeders, bird baths and bird boxes will attract a variety of birds to enjoy your garden.

3 – Watering Plants

In summer, particularly on warmer days try watering your plants in the evening so they have time to absorb the water before it is dried out by the sun. Midday, morning and afternoon on hot days is not an ideal time to water as the sun can evaporate it faster than the plants can drink.

4 – Weed Control

If you leave empty spaces in your gardens hardy weeds will naturally fill so try not to fear overcrowding and plant flower bulbs in all gaps even if they bloom at different seasons to prevent weed taking root.

5 – Compost

Most of us store compost in the corner of the garden as we feel it is unsightly but if it is too hidden away you will forget to use it, try storing it out in the open as it will prompt you to make better use of it for your plants.

6 – Vegetable Water

If you love recycling and reusing try making the most out of water you use to boil vegetables as this water will be rich with nutrients. If you leave it to cool you can water your plants with and give them an extra boost but be sure it has fully cooled before doing so.