For hundreds of years, people have enjoyed gardening. It can be something that springs from a need to feed a growing family, or simply out of the joy of cultivating life and good nutrition. Below, you’ll read some excellent tips to bring more of the enjoyment surrounding gardening into your daily life.
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. Rubbing wax on the shovel prior to digging can kick this challenge to the curb. This will make your task easier because the clay won’t stick to the shovel. It will also keep your garden tool from rusting.
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
Vegetables in a garden need to have at least six hours of sun every day in order to thrive. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly. This also rings true for some of the flowers.
Start a new garden from seeds. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds. Most nurseries use a lot of plastic that is not recycled. If you want to buy plants, find a nurseries that uses organic methods or grow your plants from seeds.
Fertilizer is important when you garden. Composted manure is effective in raising healthy plants, and commercial fertilizer products are safer and more convenient. The options for fertilizing are vast and include environmentally sound choices, so no matter which you choose, just be sure to use one.
If you decide to grow peas, think about planting them indoors when you first start them off, as opposed to planting them outdoors. The seeds will grow better in your home if planted there first. The seedling sprouts will be heartier, giving them a better chance to grow into a healthy adult plant capable of rebuffing diseases. After the seedlings have grown strong indoors, it will be time for you to transplant them to outdoor beds.
Know the ideal times to harvest each of the vegetables you plant. For the optimum flavor, be sure to follow the guidelines for planting and picking. As an example, zucchini and baby peas both have the best flavor when they are harvested at a young age. At the opposite end of the spectrum, tomatoes are at their best when mature. So, learn about the ideal harvest time for your vegetables.
Be careful how you water your garden. Use a soaker hose to save time so that you do not have to water each plant individually with a hose nozzle, or a watering can that needs to be refilled repeatedly. Lower your water pressure on the soaker hose to avoid harming tender plants. Give it a few hours to water the plants so you have schedule freedom to tend to other matters.
As noted previously, people have enjoyed gardening for many centuries. It used to be a way of subsistence. Today, gardening is still done for need but also for profit and pleasure. The advice provided to you can assist you in gardening, no matter what your reason for doing so. Gardening is rewarding both for you and all those who see your creations.