Gardening isn't just a means to adorn your landscaping. It's not even necessary that you have a green thumb. Gardening can have a very calming effect, and can really slow life down a bit, allowing you to find your inner peace. The effects can be profound if you're good at it.
Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn't easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. To make the clay soft so you aren't working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. The clay won't stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
Brighten your garden with biennials and annuals. Annuals and biennials that grow quickly can really wake up your flower beds, and they allow you to have a new garden look every season or every year, if you choose to. In addition, they work well as gap fillers between other areas, as long as those areas receive plenty of sunlight. The most popular varieties to use include petunia, zinnia, cosmos, snapdragon, marigold, hollyhock, and sunflower.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. Once a week, spray this on plants to eliminate the mildew. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
Use these tips to bring life back to your garden. The joy of watching your plants grow and blossom will make you happy to have tried. Gardening can help change your way of life, only if you will allow it.