Many people want a nice garden. For a garden full of healthy, vibrant plants, though, there are many factors you need to consider. The hard work involved in gardening is usually offset by the fun and enjoyment it can offer. Here are a collection of nifty little gardening tips that will make the your time spent outside more fun and less demanding.
When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. In most circumstances, a cold-tolerant or disease-resistant hybrid will have a higher yield when compared to a more traditional variety.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Snails and slugs can do irreparable damage to your garden in a single night. They’re particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Analyze the soil before you even get started with working in a garden. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. Any vessel of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. Carefully pour boiling water right on the weeds, but be careful not to pour it on the plants you want. Weed roots will suffer harm from boiling water, and this will probably stop them from growing more.
A green garden needs to begin with seeds, not plants. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Plastics from nurseries aren’t recycled often, which causes them to go into landfills; so try starting with seeds, or buying from organic nurseries.
Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. Forming a border around your vegetable garden with marigolds or onions are ideal for repelling slugs. If you place wood ash around the base portion of a shrub seedling or tree, you will ward off insect pests. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.
If you’re growing indoor organic plants, you should ensure that you think about how much light is available for them. If your apartment or home does not receive a huge amount of sunlight, you might want to grow plants that adapt to medium and low light environments instead. If you do and this does not help, consider investing in some grow-lights.
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.