Gardening can be therapeutic and stress relieving. Without the right information, though, it can be confusing. Gardeners have to know not only how to do the actual gardening, but what tools and equipment are most useful. Some basic advice will give budding gardeners the information needed to get started.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
If you want to keep your garden free of pests, start with healthy soil! Healthier plants are stronger, which in turn can help the plants you grow to become more resistant to disease and bugs that can harm them. To boost your garden’s prospects of giving you the healthiest possible plants, make sure you begin with premium soil devoid of salt-accumulating chemicals.
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Mix a little liquid soap and baking soda in water. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.
If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. Most bulbs are extremely hearty and grow easily. They also come back year after year. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Many veggies require this amount to properly grow at a faster pace. This arrangement will also benefit some types of flowers.
If you have a lot of low-growing plants to take care of in your garden, purchase gardening knee pads. Gardening can really put a lot of pressure on your knees that will leave you cramped and uncomfortable. Having a good pair of knee pads will cushion your knees in comfort.
Make sure that you divide your irises! You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. Cut rhizomes from around the outside then throw away the remaining center. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
Your garden can bring you joy, but you have to know a lot to take proper care of it. The advice given here will help you to be able to plan and execute a beautiful and bountiful garden. Use the advice given to start on your road to a beautiful garden.