Tending a garden is a relaxing past-time that can also serve as therapy. Getting the right kind of soil and knowing when to start planning are two important parts of gardening. This article contains important information for anyone wanting to begin a garden.
Choose the right soil for best results. Dependent on the type of plants you are choosing for the garden, the soil may not be right for them. You can simply use one type of soil to make an artificial area.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
Mix the grounds of coffee in soil that has a lot of alkaline. The coffee grounds provide a cheap way to re-supply needed acid to the dirt. With it, you will find that your greens and vegetables will be more vibrant and tasty!
Irises can be easily divided. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. Lift bulbous irises when the foliage is dead. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
You can prevent pests from invading your garden with certain plants and natural materials. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your garden will repel slugs. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. These methods remove the need for harsh chemical pesticides.
Water your garden regularly and smartly. To save time, use a soaker type hose so each plant doesn’t need individual watering from the nozzle of a hose or a little watering can. Keep the soaker’s water pressure at a low level, so that your tender plants will not be harmed. Give it a few hours to water the plants so you have schedule freedom to tend to other matters.
After reading this article, you should now see how beneficial gardening can be. You also now have the basic knowledge base to began gardening on your own. Remembering good advice and planning well can help your garden flourish. Use the advice given to start on your road to a beautiful garden.