Learn techniques that can enable you to grow a more beautiful garden for yourself, your family or your work. Figure out all that you need so you are not wasting money on things you cannot plant in your garden.
Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. By allowing them to sprout first, you are increasing the odds of a seedling reaching maturity. It also permits you to tighten the time between plantings. The seedlings are ready to go, once you remove the mature plants.
Use biennials and annuals to add color to your flower beds. 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. You can also use these flowers to fill gaps between shrubs or perennials. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
If you want your garden full of flowers spring through summer, plant bulbs. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Include a variety of plantings to get a full season of flowers, from early bloomers to late-season varieties.
Grow wheat or cat grass in the area around the plants that your cat is eating. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
Keep your garden fertilized. Manure can help grow plants, but to eliminate risk of pathogens, try using a type of commercially composted product. Although there are plenty of fertilizer choices, don’t be concerned with which one you use; just be sure to use one.
If you are a first time gardener, it is important that you follow all of the instructions on all of your tools and chemicals. Otherwise, you are likely to have skin irritations flare up, which can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Directions, especially safety rules, are there for your own good, so make sure you follow instructions on your tools and chemicals to the letter.
Vegetables are softest during the warmest hours of each day, so picking them then, no matter how gently, runs the risk of damage. Be certain that you cut picked vegetables straight off from the vine itself and not by twisting them off, because you don’t want to harm the plant.
All you need to achieve your results are a bit of patience, a little outdoors work, and the right learning beforehand. But soon you will see the work begin to pay off, as the garden begins to grow.