If you dream of having green, beautiful, and healthy plants in your very own garden, there are lots of things you should probably think about in order to achieve that goal. Gardening does require labor and effort, but at the same time, gardening can also be fun. The following hints and tips can reduce the effort and increase the fun!
When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. Try mixing a little liquid soap with some baking soda in water. Once weekly, spray this mixture to the affected areas of your plants, and the mildew should be eliminated shortly. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.
If you’re like many gardeners, autumn means that it’s time to get some delicious fall edibles growing in your garden. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. Hollow out the pumpkin and spray with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rot. You can now use it to plant in, as you would a pot.
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather. Tie together the tops. Once the canes are snugly together, put a sheet over the wigwam. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
Using boiling water to kill weeds is both efficient and organic. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. Pour the boiling water directly onto the weeds, just make sure you do not damage the nearby plants. Boiling water will actually hurt the roots, and it will prevent the weeds from growing.
Be consistent with garden fertilization. Use commercially composted products in your garden to help your plants grow. This will reduce the chance of pathogens. You have many different choices for fertilizer; choose whichever is best-suited to your plants but definitely use one.
Use natural pest control when possible. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. Insects can be deterred if you use wood ash instead of mulch around trees and shrub seedlings. When done naturally, there is no need for pesticides with harsh, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals
If you are gardening for the first time ever, read and follow all directions and instructions that come with your chemicals and tools. Failure to follow instructions can be dangerous or painful. For example, some chemicals will irritate your skin if you don’t follow safety rules. Keep your health intact and follow the directions to the letter.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.