Gather some ideas for planning your garden, whether it will be for home or commercial use. Don’t waste money on equipment, plants or seeds without first figuring out exactly what you need.
Pick your plants with an eye to maximize the yield you can get. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks. Measure the handles with a tape measure laid out in the floor. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. Now when you go to work in the garden, you will have a ruler that is large at your fingertips!
One way to correct your soil’s alkalinity is by amending your soil with used coffee grounds. This is a simple way to replenish your soil with acid. Improving the pH of your soil will make your vegetables and greens taste even better!
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. For example, planting a border consisting of marigolds or onions can repel slugs. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. Using methods like these eliminates the need for chemical pesticides, which can be harsh or even harmful.
The nutrients from vegetables can help. If you steam your vegetables, you can pour the remaining water around them. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds. If you are having problems with fungus, you may find that sprinkling Chamomile tea on the plant is effective.
If you are going for a British feel with your garden, then vary the heights of your plants. Using plants which grow to the same length or height will make your bed look uniform.
Consider planting strawberries, especially ones that are everbearing, for your garden if you have small children. For kids, there are few things as fun as picking fruit fresh from the garden. Your children will be much more interesting in helping out if they know they’ll get to enjoy some tasty strawberries.
All you need is a little homework, some work in the outdoors, and some patience. However, while you watch something grow that you planted, the satisfaction will make it worthwhile.