Well, now is as good a time as any. You might have some questions on where to start, but don’t worry, the article below will help with lots of useful information. Read on for some great ideas on how to get started on your new gardening journey.
Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth. This will make shoveling in clay soil easier. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. It is possible to utilize tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, as measuring sticks. On the floor, simply lay out the handles, then take a tape measure and run it next to them. A permanent marker can be used to label distances. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. Douse the weeds with this pot, just avoid the nearby plants. Boiling water will actually hurt the roots, and it will prevent the weeds from growing.
If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. You can slow down this growth by planting them inside a pot or container! You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.
Make sure you read instructions on products and tools before using them. Some of the chemicals in these products can cause skin irritation, or worse, if you fail to take this simple precaution. For your own safety, take the time to read and follow the instructions.
Choose a plant to use for a focal point. In a well designed garden you should have a focal point so that your eyes will stay there. Usually this focal point is a luscious plant that is distinctly different from the plants and scrubs that surround it.
Try to avoid direct sun exposure when you are gardening during the day; wear protective clothing. Always apply sunscreen with an adequate SPF level. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Finally, throw on a wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp. When you protect yourself against the sun’s rays, you are more likely to avoid both skin cancer and sunburn.
During the hotter parts of the day, vegetables are softer, which means even picking them gently can cause them damage. Make sure to chop the vegetables off the vine, but be careful not to twist them. Twisting can actually damage the plant.
Now you are prepared to start gardening. You may have thought you were already set to start, but you’re in an even better place now! Hopefully the tips laid out here gave you pointers to improve your gardening so you can start gardening with two green thumbs.