Every gardener dreams of having a thriving garden. For some, this is a reality, for some it isn’t. If you want to achieve your dream of a beautiful garden, there are a few things to learn. While gardening is lots of work, it is also enjoyable! The following hints and tips can reduce the effort and increase the fun!
Shoveling clay soil is tiresome since clay is hard, and it can also stick to your shovel for twice the difficulty. 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 prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Put the handles down and measure them with a measuring tape. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. Put a little baking soda and some dish soap in water. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
For the right results, get the right type of soil. Different types of plants require different soils, so check soil requirements for the ones you choose. You can also make an artificial area using only one type of soil.
Bulbs are the best solution to get flowers in spring and in summer. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Different bulbs will bloom during different time periods. Therefore, if you select your bulbs correctly, you could have blooms in your garden for all of spring and summer.
Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. Instead of using regular clay pots this year for planting lettuce and kale, try a pumpkin container instead! Simply carve open the top of a pumpkin so you can remove the innards, and then spray inside and out with something like Wilt-Pruf to prevent pumpkin rotting. After that, your pumpkin planter is ready to use!
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you let your grass grow, the roots will go deeper and make your lawn more resistant to dryness. Grass that is shorter has a root system that is easier to dry out.
A set of knee pads is a great investment if your garden has a lot of low-growing plants. Weeding, watering and picking through your vegetation can cause a lot of damage to your knees if left unprotected. Your knees can get supported with a decent pair of gardening knee pads.
If you’re going to grow peas, start them indoors before putting them in the ground outside. The seeds will grow better in your home if planted there first. Seedlings will grow stronger, and withstand attacks from pests and diseases a lot better. Take the seedlings outdoors once they look strong enough.
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.