Gardening may seem very involved and confusing, but if you put in a little study and a lot of practice, you will soon know your way around. We truly hope that these tips will get you started on a lifetime of successful, happy, gardening and learning.
Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. Now when you go garden the next time, you’ll have a giant ruler at your command.
Make sure your soil is healthy enough before you start planting anything. For a small fee, a soil analysis can be obtained – based on that report – the soil can be properly enriched to support a vibrant garden. Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
Pre-soak your seeds through the night in a dark area. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. The idea here is for your seeds to become fully hydrated by the time they hit the dirt. This improves the chances of successful plant development.
You can alleviate this problem by planting grasses that your cat will naturally gravitate towards. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.
If your soil has a problem with high alkaline levels, mixing in some coffee grounds that have been used is a great solution. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. When you use them, you will start to notice that your vegetables are tastier and more vibrant in color.
Try to have a plan with your garden. Use this to remind you where certain things were planted, later when they start sprouting. This can also help prevent you from losing smaller plants or smaller groups of plants within a larger garden area.
If you’re going to grow peas, start them indoors before putting them in the ground outside. The seeds will grow better in your home if planted there first. The seedlings tend to be healthier, which would help them resist diseases and pests more easily. When your plants are sturdy, move them outdoors.
Clearly, it’s not as difficult as you once believed. Just like any topic, gardening is vast a subject which encompasses a plethora of information. All you need is an indication of where to begin. The advice you read probably provided that, so start that garden right now!