Gardening serves more purposes than simply aesthetics and decoration. It isn’t just a hobby or pastime for green-thumbed enthusiasts. Gardening can have a very calming effect, and can really slow life down a bit, allowing you to find your inner peace. Gardening is best when you have the knowledge to do it right.
Choose higher yield plant varieties. In most circumstances, a cold-tolerant or disease-resistant hybrid will have a higher yield when compared to a more traditional variety.
Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. Doing this betters your odds of your plants making it to adulthood. You will then be able to lessen the time between planting your seeds. As soon as the mature plants are removed, you can replace them with fresh seedlings.
Try to plan a variety of perennials that are slug-proof. These mollusks are capable of consuming an entire garden full of flowers in a single night. Certain perennials that don’t have tough leaves are especially tasty to snails and slugs. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Some varieties of these plants are campanula, helleborus, heuchera, or euphorbia.
When mowing your lawn do not cut it as short as possible. If you leave your grass a bit longer, the roots can grow deeper. This results in a lawn that is stronger and less likely to dry out. Short grass leads to more shallow roots and will result in more brown, dried-out patches.
It is particularly important for new gardeners to read and follow instructions that come with tools, as well as chemicals. Otherwise, you are likely to have skin irritations flare up, which can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Be careful when it comes to your body, and always follow directions.
Be smart about how you water your garden. Consider a soaker hose as a way to water multiple plants while saving time. Turn the water on at low pressure so your delicate plants will not be damaged by the soaker hose. Letting the soaker hose do the work frees you up to turn your attention elsewhere.
Always protect yourself from the sun when you are outdoors working in the garden; you can do this by wearing clothes that will shield you from the sun. Try wearing a large sunhat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes, and use sunscreen on any exposed skin. Wearing sun protection will prevent your skin from burning and by extension will reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
Vegetables are softer when they are warmer, increasing the risk that you will damage them. Twisting off vegetables causes damage to the plant; always snip them at the base of the vine.
Keep your gardening tools close by to maximize gardening efficiency. Wear pants with multiple pockets or use a toolbox or large bucket. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.
An old laundry basket makes a great way to gather your harvest. This will be like a strainer for all your produce. You can rinse your produce off while it is in the basket, and the excess water will strain through the holes of your laundry basket.
Gather the information that you have learned here and create a wonderful garden that springs back to life. Your plants and shrubs will thank you from the bottoms of their roots. If you allow it, gardening will change your life. So get started!