There are a large number of techniques you can follow in order to raise a healthy garden. Of course, you cannot expect to follow them all, but the question is which ones to follow and which ones to ignore. This article provides some straightforward tips that, if followed properly, help you create a thriving garden.
Properly lay your sod. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Be sure to get rid of any weeds, and then proceed to break up the soil to get it ready to use. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. You then will want to thoroughly wet the soil. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. For the best results, you need to water the sod every day for a two week period. After this time the sod will have rooted into the soil and can be now walked on.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. You can use shovels or rakes as measuring sticks. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. Label the distances on the handle with a marker pen that will not smear or fade away. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.
Be realistic about the types of plants you can grow in your garden. If a particular plant has failed you in the past, don’t try it again. You need to right kind of climate, soil, and sun/shade ratio for certain plants. If you don’t have it, no amount of effort will make those plants a success. Choosing realistically will increase your yield while decreasing your effort.
For gardeners in colder climates who want to get their plants started in the outdoor garden a little early, use plastic milk jugs for mini-greenhouses. Cut the bottom off of a milk jug and place over the plant, pushing the jug into the ground enough to keep it in place. Remove the milk jug cap during sunny, but still somewhat chilly days to allow for some air circulation and replace the cap at night to keep the warmth in. When the days are a bit warmer, remove the jug during the day, only replacing it at night, and slowly let your plant acclimate to the weather.
You can use items in your fridge for a safe and organic way to adjust the pH of your water. You can use lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to lower your pH (a few drops at a time) or use baking soda to raise your pH (a pinch at a time checking after each adjustment).
A healthy garden is created more easily than you might think. This article provides some advice to guide you in gardening most effectively. While there are a great number of gardening tips out there, the ones in this article are a great place to start and will get you on your way to raising a wonderful garden.