Tips for a succe ssful garde n Garde ning metho ds are as varied as the garden ers who use them, and it seems like every garden er has his or her own preferr ed metho d of achievi ng a beautif ul garden . Many beginn ing garden ers find that the best way to learn how to garden is directl y from an accom plished garden . One of the best ways to find those master garden ers is to join your local garden club. These clubs can be invalu able for the beginn ing garden er, as the memb ers are able to swap tips and tricks picked up throug h years of succes sful garden ing. The import ance of proper wateri ng One of the keys to a succes sful garden is to water the plants proper ly. A weekly deep wateri ng is prefer able to a daily spray with the hose, as most plants prefer a thorou gh but deep wateri ng to a freque nt more shallo w source of water. One great wateri ng metho d many garden ers use is a soaker hose. A soaker hose is a great way to make sure the roots of the plant get sufficie nt water. Grow your own compo st Anothe r thing many experi enced garden ers have picked up is the import ance of creatin g their own compo st. Using a compo st bin is a great way to recycle house hold waste and turn it into rich organi c soil that will be useful for every plant. Items that can be succes sfully compo sted include leaves, kitche n scraps and other organi c materi als. A home compo st bin is a great way to reduce the overflo w of landfill s while helpin g your garden grow its best. Compo sting can also be a great way to balanc e the pH level of soil that is too acidic or too alkalin e. High quality humus , which is the last step in the compo st proces s, is a great, compl etely natural way to rebala nce the pH of soil that has been damag ed due to past neglec t or chemic al use. In additio n, a good quality humus contai ns import ant nutrie nts such as iron, phosp horus and manga nese, which are often lacking in comm ercially availa ble fertiliz ers. Cultiva tion metho ds After the flower s have been plante d, it is best to avoid further deep cultiva tion. Diggin g too deeply or too often in the soil can damag e the roots of the plants, disturb valuab le microo rganis ms, dry the soil and bring weeds to the surfac e. It is best to cultiva te deeply when prepar ing the flower bed, then to leave things in place after the flower s have been plante d. Using color in the garden landsc ape The beauty of flower s lies greatly in their bright, vibrant colors, and flower s can be used to enhan ce any landsc ape. When choosi ng flower s for the garden and landsc ape, it is best to choose colors that highlig ht and enhan ce those in the landsc ape. For instan ce, combi ning bright, vibrant colors like reds and orange s with more soothi ng pastels can provid e a strikin g contra st for any area of the garden . In additio n, it has becom e increa singly popula r to combi ne the home garden with other landsc ape eleme nts like ponds and waterf alls. These water eleme nts provid e a beautif ul retreat from the stress es of everyd ay life. Landsc aping with flower s can even improv e the value of your home. Studie s have shown that a well landsc aped exterio r can enhan ce the resale value of the home, as well as provid e a beautif ul treat for the senses .