Gardening is a relaxing hobby that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. No matter whether you keep a garden for food or merely for decoration, the sense of accomplishment you get from taking care of plants is like nothing else. The ideas here can provide some gardening guidance, and give you a little hand as you get started growing your own special garden.
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
Select plant varieties capable of producing large yields. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. This really increases the survival rate of young plants. It also permits you to tighten the time between plantings. When you take out the prior set of adult plants, your seedlings will then be prepared to go in.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Label the distances using a permanent marker. Now when you go to work in the garden, you will have a ruler that is large at your fingertips!
Check your soil before you begin planting your garden. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. It can avoid ruined vegetables and flowers, so check with places, such as a cooperative extension department to see where you can obtain the analysis.
Soak seeds overnight, preferably in a cool, dark place. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. That way, the seeds will have sufficient hydration and will have the best start possible. The seeds will most likely survive and mature this way.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. Any vessel of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. Douse the weeds with this pot, just avoid the nearby plants. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
Don’t over-water your plants, and keep the soil around them aerated. Moisture on the surface of a plant can attract parasites, and cause disease. Fungi are parasites that are common in the plant world. Fungicide sprays can deal with fungal infestations, but they are most effective if you apply them before a fungus problem becomes noticeable.
As was mentioned earlier in the article, gardening can be a truly rewarding hobby. The benefits of garden-fresh vegetable or beautiful floral arrangements can be immediate and long-lasting. By adopting some of the recommendations in this article, you can bring the joy of gardening to another level.