There is quite a bit to learn if your goal is to have a healthy and wonderful garden. Even though gardening takes effort, it is also loads of fun! The following article will provide you with advice to make gardening entertaining.
A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
Plant slug-proof perennials. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.
If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. Climbers have many different uses and spread quickly. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.
When gardening, beware of stink bugs and other insects, particularly in the autumn. They like beans, peppers, tomatoes and many fruits. If they are left in the garden, they can do great damage to your plants, so you should do whatever you can to eliminate them.
Try and maintain daily aerated and dried plants. If you have excess moisture, this can attract bugs or diseases. A fungus is one of the most important and debilitating parasites for plants. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Irises can be easily divided. If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Rhizomes may need to be divided by using a knife. Cut the center out of each rhizome but save the pieces. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
The best gardens will evolve from original seeds rather than transplanted items. It’s better for the environment to begin from seed. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
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.