Does your neighbor’s garden put yours to shame? Sometimes it seems as if they have a secret to obtaining that lush garden. Truth be told, no such secret exists. A little education is all you need to get better at gardening. You can start your search for information by using the advice given about gardening in this article.
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden. These garden vermin prefer plants with tender, herbaceous stems and leaves, particularly seedlings and young plants. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. Some varieties of these plants are campanula, helleborus, heuchera, or euphorbia.
Try using annuals and biennials to add color to your flower beds, and brighten them up. Fast growing biennials and annuals will brighten a garden and permit you to change looks from one season to another. You can also use these flowers to fill gaps between shrubs or perennials. A variety of flowers that will thrive in your region are available.
Do not spend your money on chemicals to fight mildew. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. Spray this mixture on your plants weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.
Do not mow your lawn too short. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. If the grass is too short that will lead to shallow roots, which will cause a brown and dried-out lawn.
If you discover that your soil is very alkaline, take used coffee grounds and mix them thoroughly with your soil. Used coffee grounds will add acidity, helping to optimize the soil’s pH. When you use them, you will start to notice that your vegetables are tastier and more vibrant in color.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. Boiling water is a safe herbicide which won’t damage your garden or your body. Just pour out the water on the weeds being careful to avoid any nearby plants. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
The flesh of vegetables gets soft in the heat of the day, making them especially vulnerable to inadvertent damage with even the gentlest picking. For vegetables growing on vines, cut them carefully rather than twisting them off to avoid damage to the plant.
So, you can see that these suggestions are rather simple and easy to follow. All that is necessary is to apply some of the ideas presented here and monitor their effectiveness. Pay close attention to your plants as you try each method to see how they respond. When something doesn’t work, then go ahead and try out new strategies. With patience and love you can grow the best garden in your neighborhood.