Gardening has been enjoyed by many people through the ages. You can do this for enjoyment or to feed your family. This article brings more of the joy of gardening to your life.
Pick your plants with an eye to maximize the yield you can get. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. Achillea, euphorbia, helleborus, heuchera and campanula are good choices that slugs don’t like.
Try using climber plants to cover up your fences and walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They may also grow through tress and shrubs that are already grown, or you can train them to cover your arbor. There are those that have to be fixed to a support, but others will find a surface to cling to all on their own through twining stems or tendrils. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.
Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of 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. 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.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. This year, instead of using your regular clay pots to plant your kale and lettuce, use a pumpkin as the container instead! When you have finished cutting and cleaning the pumpkin, spray it with some liquid that will stave off wilting to keep it from rotting. Finished? Now you’re all set for planting!
In closing, gardening has been used and enjoyed since before recorded history. Long ago, it was a way of life and a necessity. These days, it fulfills many purposes, including simple enjoyment, a small business enterprise or a way of adding extra food to the table. The information above will increase your enjoyment of gardening, regardless of your reason for wanting to garden. Enjoy your garden!