Gardening lets you grow beautiful flowers and fresh vegetables just outside your door. There’s nothing better than eating fresh veggies in your salad. A wide variety of information is available online, in magazines and in gardening books to help you grow a healthy, luscious garden.
A good tip of what to plant in the garden is to plant high-value crops. Value is a subjective term, but plant the things that are most costly to buy, as long as they are suited to the climate. The whole garden does not have to be devoted to this, but if an area is earmarked for this type of crop, it can save money in the coming season when prices are sky high for certain crops.
Keep interested in gardening by trying something new each year. While tried and true favorites will always be a part of the garden, reserve a part for something new and exciting to keep interest. Keep in mind that some trial and error will be required because one crop that will be a flop in the fall, might be an excellent crop in the spring.
Buy Diatomaceous earth as an alternative to toxic pesticides or adding predatory insects to your garden. Diatomaceous earth is natural, organic, and non-toxic as well as inexpensive and easy to find. It is a green way to keep pests under control. Sprinkle over the surface of soil and water as normal.
Check your store bought soil for pests. If you buy from big home improvement stores, your soil may have pests such as aphids. To kill the insects and their larvae, put the soil in a metal baking pan and place it covered in a 400 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Let cool before using.
Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. Parasites are attracted to the moisture on plants. A common parasite to plants is fungi. There are many effective fungicide products that will prevent fungi growth and clear up any existing problems as well.
Make sure the hole you plant for a tree or shrub is at least three times wider than the root ball of the seedling. Most of the root system of a tree or shrub is found in the top foot of the soil. Planting a seedling in a small hole will result in slower growth and failure to thrive.
Plant for fall color. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be. In terms of colorful foliage, fall is the time of year admired by many. Maple, Beech and Dogwood trees are available in a number of fall colors, varying from bright yellow to rich crimson. Add even more color to your garden by planting shrubs such as hydrangea, barberry or cotoneaster.
As this article noted earlier, gardening is an enjoyable and productive means of garnering fresh food in the privacy of your own backyard. Having the fresh produce to use in meal preparation will make you feel proud and smart. Use what you have learned from this article to give yourself the best gardening experience ever!