Use this article to find some ideas on how to grow a better garden this year. Determine what you need so you don’t spend money on equipment you do not need, or on seeds that don’t work in your area.
When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
Consider starting your plants in pots and then planting the seedlings in your garden. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. This will also allow you to stick to a tighter, cleaner planting schedule. Your seedlings will be ready to go in as soon as you remove the previous set of mature plants.
If you learn that your soil has a high amount of alkaline, mix some used coffee grounds into it. The coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to give some acid back to the dirt. The right soil will make your vegetables taste better and make your flowers more vibrant and aromatic.
Try dousing weeds in your garden with boiling water to get rid of them. Boiling water in a pot is a safe “herbicide.” Just douse the weeds directly with boiling water, taking care to avoid damaging nearby plants. Boiling water damages weed and plant roots, so be sure to avoid the plants you don’t want to eliminate.
Plant items with fall color. It doesn’t have to be that way! If you plan properly, you can make your fall garden the most colorful time of the year. You can find beautiful maple and beech trees in many different fall colors. Shrubs such as cotoneaster, hydrangea, and barberry will also provide a splash of color in the fall.
Heather can be planted to attract useful insects. Heather will attract bees early in the spring as well as other beneficial insects. Heather beds are also attractive to bugs such as spiders and ground beetles that will kill pests. Because of this, don’t forget to protect your hands when pruning heather beds.
If you have a high priority for sustainability in your organic gardening, try leaving a corner of the property undeveloped as a mini wildlife refuge. Certain wildlife can be good for an organic garden; birds and insects can help your plants reproduce and be as healthy as they can be!
Protect cuts from dirt and chemicals, and think about staying away from gardening until they heal. Your cut could get infected if you’re dealing with grime and dirt when gardening. There are now bandages available that will entirely seal off any cut they are applied over.
All it takes is a little knowledge, a bit of work, and a whole lot of patience. The work will pay off, once you see how you can make something grow.