If you daydream about have a thriving garden filled with luscious green plants, colorful flowers and bustling wildlife, you need to consider what is required in order to turn your dream into reality. Gardening can be a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun. Read on for some advice to make gardening easier and more fun.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth. This will make shoveling in clay soil easier. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
Prior to planting anything in your garden, check your soil. Many nurseries offer a soil analysis service, which will tell you what nutrients your soil is lacking and what you can do about it. A lot of extension offices will offer this service and it is worth it so you know what your soil needs.
Using boiling water to kill weeds is both efficient and organic. Boiling water is a very safe alternative to other potent herbicides. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
Do you enjoy fresh mint leaves though hate how they grow so fast and take over your entire garden? Stunt their growth a little by planting your mint into a garden container or large pot instead. Then, you can plant the container into the ground. However, the container walls will keep the roots held, and prevent the plant from consuming too much of your garden space.
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.