You may feel that the subject of gardening is a bit daunting, but the truth is that you will have no problem learning all of the information and skills necessary to succeed. Hopefully, these tips will help you to improve your gardening skills and become an expert gardener.
To prevent shocking your plants, you must gradually introduce new temperatures and other conditions to them. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. After a week’s time, the plants should be fine staying outside.
If you want your garden to sport flowers in the spring as well as summer, plant bulbs. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. Specific types of bulbs usually bloom at specific times of the season, so if you make appropriate selections, you can be rewarded with blooms from the early part of spring to the later part of summer.
Seeds should be soaked in a dark area overnight. 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. This will give your seeds a healthy head start in the growth process. This increases the chances of survival for the seeds.
Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
When you decide to add vegetables into your garden space, be aware that they must be placed where they will receive direct sunlight for a minimum of six hours daily. Many types of veggies require this amount in order to thrive and produce the food source that you are hoping for. This arrangement will also benefit some types of flowers.
If you discover that your soil is very alkaline, take used coffee grounds and mix them thoroughly with your soil. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. By amending your soils, you will help your plants grow and flourish.
Your vegetable plants need about two or three inches of mulch placed around them. The mulch will keep the soil around the plants moist a little longer. It will also prevent weeds from growing. You will save time by not pulling weeds.
If you are just starting out, follow all the guidelines and rules on your chemicals and tools. If you don’t do this, you could cause unnecessary skin irritations, which are very painful. Keep yourself safe by carefully following all instructions.
That wasn’t so hard, right? There is all kinds of information available to the avid gardener. The key is to simply find a good starting point and get going. So, hopefully, with the tips you learned you now have that ability.