Well, now is as good a time as any. It can be confusing trying to figure out what to do and where to start, but don’t worry, the following article will help you out. Read on for some helpful tips to get started in gardening.
A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Use a bright permanent marker and label the distances. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.
Get a slug-proof variety of perennials. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Starting a garden with the best soil is a great defense mechanism against pests. Healthy plants are stronger and more able to resist both pests and disease. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
Don’t bother with expensive chemicals if your plants start to sport powdery mildew. All you need to do is mix baking soda with a tiny bit of liquid soap in with some water. Once weekly, spray this mixture to the affected areas of your plants, and the mildew should be eliminated shortly. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.
Keep your fragile shrubs protected from the winter weather. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Tie the canes together, and drape a sheet or blanket over the top of the wigwam. In contrast to wrapping the plant with plastic, this method promotes air circulation, which stops the plant from rotting.
A set of knee pads is a great investment if your garden has a lot of low-growing plants. Gardening is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable; you don’t want to finish every gardening session with aching, throbbing knees. Investing in good knee pads will help cushion your knees so you are more comfortable.
In order to rid your garden of pests, take advantage of plant materials and other organic matter. Slugs stay away from marigolds and onions when they are planted in a garden. You can also mulch around trees and shrubs with wood ash, which drives away insects. These methods remove the need for harsh chemical pesticides.
Hopefully, you now feel a bit more prepared to start off on your gardening adventure. You thought that you were ready before, well look at you now! Hopefully, the strategies provided in this article have given you the confidence to develop your own garden and enjoy the bounty nature has to offer.