There are many things to consider when striving for beautiful and healthy garden plants. Even though gardening takes effort, it is also loads of fun! Here are some tips for making it less work and more fun!
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface. Either car wax or floor wax will work just fine. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. It is possible to utilize tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, as measuring sticks. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. Next, use a Sharpie to accurately label the distance between each one. When you are gardening next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.
Try using climber plants to cover up your fences and walls. Many climbers are so robust that they can cover an unattractive wall or fence in a single growing season. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. Some climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.
Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
When mowing the lawn, don’t mow the grass all the way down to the root. If you leave some of the grass when you mow, the roots grow further into the ground, which makes the grass less prone to drying and other hazards. When grass is cut too low the roots will not grow as deep, and your lawn may suffer from brown patches.
Your vegetable garden should get at least six hours of sun daily. Many of the vegetables need a lot of sun, so they can grow right and at a faster pace. The same can be said for some flowers.
Get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool to work in your garden. Get a portable stool if you want to garden comfortably without damaging your knees. There is also a lot of heavy lifting involved with gardening, so a good wheelbarrow is a great tool to have around.
Familiarize yourself with the optimum harvesting time of your vegetables. Every veggie variety has an ideal time frame for picking, so it’s important to catch them when their flavors peak. As an example, zucchini and baby peas both have the best flavor when they are harvested at a young age. However, tomatoes should be as ripe as they can be when pulled from the vine to ensure the best taste. Take some time to learn about the best harvest time for the vegetables that you have growing.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.