Gardening is a relatively inexpensive, relaxing hobby. It can also be a great occasion to bond with your family and friends. Children are particularly fascinated at the way seeds grow into hearty vegetables and beautiful flowers. This is a great way to help them appreciate the great outdoors and nature. This article will help you learn techniques that will make growing a garden much easier and more delightful.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
Boiling away unwanted weeds is an odd, but productive method used in many gardens. Boiling water is a very safe alternative to other potent herbicides. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
Get a wheelbarrow, and a stool so that you can kneel down while gardening. Spending time on the ground is rough on the knees, a portable and light stool can help make gardening easier. Because gardening means transporting a lot of heavy things, a wheelbarrow will also come in handy.
An easy, inexpensive way to give them nutrients is to pour the leftover water from your steamed vegetables into the soil. Try adding used coffee grounds to the soil around plants that grow in acidic soil. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
Make sure your pesticides are focused on only what you’re trying to kill. It’s true these pesticides kill the pests you don’t want, but they also lay waste to the advantageous insects that make those same pests a regular meal. Many times good bugs will be more sensitive to harmful pesticides than the ones you are trying to get rid of. If your good bug population goes down, your problem will only get worse. This will leave you using even more pesticides to fix the problem.
Efficiently water your garden. You can water efficiently by using a soaker hose which will eliminate the necessity of watering each plant one by one with a nozzle, or having to use a water can that you have to refill over and over. Be sure to keep the pressure of the water on low so that the hose does not damage the tender plants. Let your soaker hose run for a few hours while you do other things.
Pay attention to how much light your indoor plants are getting. The amount of light available can determine which type of organic plants you should grow. For example, if your living area does not provide much natural sunlight, you could grow those plants that only need low to medium amounts of natural light to thrive. If your plants still need more light, there are always artificial light sources that you can use.
You can use these tips whether you plan to make your gardening hobby social or a solitary one. Using this advice, you can enjoy gardening with yourself, your friends, or your family.