A garden makes a home look great but does even more than that. It’s more than just a simple activity for a green-thumbed hobbyist. Gardening can be a meditative activity, one that cements your appreciation of life, and one that even instills the gardener with a sense of peace and tranquility. The effects can be especially profound if gardening is something you excel at.
Properly lay your sod. The soil requires preparation before sod can be laid. Weeds should be removed, and you should break up the soil into a tilth. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
When designing your garden, choose high-yield crops, such as tomatoes and herbs. These items will allow you to maximize the space you have available in your garden. The more produce you can grow at home, the more money you can save in your grocery bill each month, so it pays to know what will produce the most for your efforts.
Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Keep your plants thriving through the winter by bringing them inside. This is especially useful if you have a particular plant that you love or was expensive. Be careful not to damage the root system as you dig up the plant, and place it in a pot.
Don’t try to remove low lying weeds by hand. Instead get a small shovel and flip them over so their leaves are under the dirt. You will kill the weed and the leaves will rot creating a fresh mulch like material for you to use. It is green and nourishing for the other plants.
If you are going to be doing a lot of work in your garden very close to the ground, such as weeding or planting, use a garden stool or pad to protect your knees. This will make it easier to get back up again and move once you finish, and will also reduce bruising on your knees.
Plant seedlings on cloudy days. The cloud cover will help protect your new seedlings from the heat and radiation of the sun. This extra protection gives them a better shot of survival than if they were planted on a hot, sunny day. If your seedlings were being grown out of direct sunlight when you purchased them, be especially careful about exposing them to direct light.
Use the advice given to you and turn your garden into a wonderland. You’ll be glad you did when you see your plants alive and blooming. Gardening can work wonders on a hectic and stressful lifestyle, and provide many benefits to just about anyone willing to work at it, so get outside and enjoy.