Does your neighbor’s garden put yours to shame? You may suspect that your neighbor is employing some trick you do not know in their garden. Producing beautiful flowers, delicious vegetables and a luscious landscape is within your reach. All you need is some information on how you can care for your garden in the right way. Information about gardening is available online, in books and in magazines created for garden enthusiasts.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. They gravitate towards perennials with smooth thin leaves, particularly on younger plants. Others, though, are disliked by slugs and snails. Those with rough leaves or an unappetizing taste will be less desired by slugs and snails. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
If your plants have a powdery mildew, don’t use expensive chemicals on them. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.
Try growing wheat grass or cat grass in the area of the plants your cat wants to eat. You could also repel your pet by planting rosemary or placing citrus fruit peels around your garden.
Do not cut your grass too short. If you leave your grass a bit longer, the roots can grow deeper. This results in a lawn that is stronger and less likely to dry out. Short grass on the other hand is more susceptible to drying out.
If your soil has high alkaline amounts, mix some coffee grounds into it. This is an easy and inexpensive solution to increase the acid content back into the soil. You will discover that your vegetables are more flavorful than ever before.
One very good way to deal with weeds is to boil them away. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.
Put a couple of inches of organic mulch around each of your vegetable plants. Mulching helps keep moisture in the soil. It will also prevent weeds from growing. This will save you time, money, and effort in your lovely garden.
Consider planting evergreens in your garden that produce berries. These types of trees can offer your garden a splash of color, especially during the winter when all other plants and trees have lost their hues. These plants can help you get some color during the winter months: Winterberry, Common Snowberry, American Holly, and American Cranberrybush.
To give them a helping hand, pour the water you obtain after steaming vegetables over your plants. Add coffee grounds or tea leaves to the soil of acid-loving plants like rhododendron and gardenia. Herbal chamomile tea is an effective, affordable treatment for fighting fungi.
Plant ever-bearing strawberries for your children in the organic garden. Little ones will be more likely to help when they can enjoy the fun of harvesting their own fruit.
As you can see, the suggestions here are easy to follow and rather simple to implement. You just need a bit of instruction on what to do, then the time to apply what you have learned. Monitor how the plants in your garden respond to any new techniques that you choose to use. If one thing fails, give another a go. Exercise a little patience and you will see your garden grow before your eyes.