Gardening is often a lifelong passion, but with a little bit of research and work, you can get started today. Hopefully, these tips will help you to improve your gardening skills and become an expert gardener.
Annuals and biennials are an excellent way to add a splash of bright color to your flower gardens. Fast-growing annuals and biennials can brighten up a flower bed, and allow you to change the look from season to season and year to year. In addition, you might need something to fill empty spaces in your flower garden. Fill gaps with annuals or biennials. Just make sure the flowers will get enough sun to thrive. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
Start a new garden from seeds. Planting seeds is the most eco-friendly way to start a new garden. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
A good fertilizer is important to add nutrients to your soil. Composted manure is effective in raising healthy plants, and commercial fertilizer products are safer and more convenient. It is important that you use some sort of fertilizer, although it doesn’t really matter which variety you choose.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. Onions and marigolds can get rid of pests in the garden. Wood ash, when used like mulch, can keep away pests after it is spread around a tree base and shrub seedlings. Using methods like these eliminates the need for chemical pesticides, which can be harsh or even harmful.
It is particularly important for new gardeners to read and follow instructions that come with tools, as well as chemicals. Some of the chemicals in these products can cause skin irritation, or worse, if you fail to take this simple precaution. Protect your plants and yourself by knowing how to correctly use all of your gardening implements.
Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. If your pesticide has too wide a range of targets, it can kill off useful insects that fight off other pests. Since these pesticides often affect the good bugs more than the bad, using them can actually increase your pest problem. As a result, gardeners often have to resort to using more toxic pesticides to get rid of garden pests.
Sensibly water your garden. Put down the watering can or garden hose, and spread out a time-saving soaker hose instead. Lower your water pressure on the soaker hose to avoid harming tender plants. Let it water your garden for a few hours, so you’re available to do other stuff.
When you plant a seed, take your time. The first thing you should do before planting is moisturize the soil. Take the seeds and place them evenly across the gardening area, giving them plenty of space to grow. Bury them 3 times as deep in relation to the seed’s size. Some seeds require direct sunlight to grow, and these should be left on top of the soil.
Not as difficult as you thought, right? There is, of course, a vast amount of information out there on gardening. All you need is an indication of where to begin. Hopefully, this article has provided you with just that.