For hundreds of years, people have enjoyed gardening. Gardening can simply be a pleasurable hobby, or a primary focus to feed the family. Below, you’ll read some excellent tips to bring more of the enjoyment surrounding gardening into your daily life.
Prior to planting anything in your garden, check your soil. You can obtain a soil analysis for a nominal fee. Using that report, you can amend your soil as needed for a thriving garden. There are numerous places to find this service, such as your local Cooperative Extension office. The cost is well worth it to avoid a potentially ruined crop.
Keep an eye open for stink bugs in your garden, especially during the fall months. Stink bugs enjoy gardens, and are especially fond of fruit, tomatoes, beans and peppers. They can do a lot of damage if they are not controlled.
If your garden includes vegetables, make sure you plant them in a location whether they are exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. Many types of veggies require this amount in order to thrive and produce the food source that you are hoping for. Some flowers also have the same needs.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Pull the canes together at the top and securely tie them. Next, using a sheet or perhaps even a blanket, cover the structure. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.
A green garden needs to begin with seeds, not plants. It’s better for the environment to begin from seed. The plastic used in nurseries often end up in landfills, that is why it is advised to use seeds or purchase from nurseries that make use of organic materials when packaging their plants.
If you are planning on growing peas, start them indoors before putting them outdoors in your garden. Seeds will always germinate much better when you first plant them indoors initially. It will create heartier seedlings, which means they will more easily resist the pests and diseases they will encounter in an outdoor environment. Transplant them outside when they are fully established and able to thrive.
Be sure to buy a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool that you can use for your garden. It can be very uncomfortable on the knees when working so close to the ground, so a light, portable stool makes gardening easier. Also, gardening can involve a lot of heavy lifting and moving items, therefore a robust wheelbarrow can make that aspect much easier.
To keep dogs from disturbing your garden, spray some old aftershave, cologne, perfume or other strongly-scented products in the dirt or grass surrounding it. This will work to mask any scent that is attracting dogs, and will make the garden a much less interesting place to for dogs to be.
As noted previously, people have enjoyed gardening for many centuries. Once, it was a new way of getting and providing food. Although some people still do it to get food, others do it for fun. The advice provided to you can assist you in gardening, no matter what your reason for doing so. Gardening is rewarding both for you and all those who see your creations.