Use this article to find some ideas on how to grow a better garden this year. You can determine all the things that you need so that you don’t waste any money on equipment that isn’t needed, or the wrong seeds for your type of environment.
Select plant varieties capable of producing large yields. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
Having healthy soil in your garden will help your plants avoid insect pests. Healthy plants are naturally more resilient against pests and disease. 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.
Annuals and biennials are an excellent way to add a splash of bright color to your flower gardens. These usually grow quickly, and provide an easy-to-change solution to making your flower beds bright and beautiful. They allow you to select different flowers from one year or season to the next. In addition, they work well as gap fillers between other areas, as long as those areas receive plenty of sunlight. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. Many climbers are so robust that they can cover an unattractive wall or fence in a single growing season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.
Check your soil before you begin planting your garden. Pay a small fee to have your soil analyzed, and you’ll be glad that you did when you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
If you are looking for an all-natural, organic way to weed your garden, consider “boiling off” the weeds. A pot of boiling hot water can be one of the most safe weed destroyers. Carefully pour boiling water right on the weeds, but be careful not to pour it on the plants you want. The weeds’ roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.
If you have a vegetable garden, one of your main enemies is garden pests. The vegetables are intended to be eaten, thus you should refrain from using harsh pesticides and chemicals. The key to keeping garden pests at bay is to be relentless. If you find any unwanted pests, try removing them by hand.
If you have a problem with your dog disturbing your garden, you can repel him by spraying perfume or other scents on the grass near the edge. Your dog will find more interesting scents to explore elsewhere and leave your garden alone.
In order to bring in good insects to your garden, you need to plant heather. Bees are attracted to heather, and they can bring a source of nectar early in the spring. If your heather bed is undisturbed, as it would be in nature, many beneficial insects will make it their home. Because of this, don’t forget to protect your hands when pruning heather beds.
Sprouting seeds need less warmth than before. Move your plants away from the heat as they grow. It is wise to take plastic covers off of the containers in order to eliminate humidity and excess heat. Watch your seeds closely to find the right time to do this.
Apply equal portions of dried plant material and green into your compost pile. Add grass clippings, waste from fruits and vegetables, leaves, and weeds for the green materials in your compost pile. Dried plant material includes straw, sawdust, shredded paper, cardboard, and dried and cut-up woody material. Don’t include ashes, diseased plants, charcoal meat, or carnivorous animal waste.
You just need to do some research, work outdoors, and have patience. However, while you watch something grow that you planted, the satisfaction will make it worthwhile.