Gardening is one of the most rewarding and relaxing hobbies you can spend your time on. To be able to do it well, and do it cost-effectively, you need the best advice. Read on for helpful advice and tips on how to get more from your efforts.
Use a bar of soap to prevent dirt under your nails. Before you begin gardening, scrape your fingernails across a bar of soap. This will create a barrier that keeps the dirt out. When you are done gardening, the soap will wash out quickly and easily – leaving your nails sparkling clean.
Pick your fruits and vegetables first thing in the morning. A morning harvest will ensure that your produce is holding the maximum amount of moisture. Also, if you pick in the morning, this will give you a chance to eat those items that day, when they are their peak of freshness.
Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. Some varieties of these plants are campanula, helleborus, heuchera, or euphorbia.
Keep herb plants trimmed and bushy. By consistently pruning your herb plants you will create a shorter path for nutrients and allow the leaves to grow fuller and quicker. Keep the plants short through trimming as well and increase the density of the leaves. When at all possible do not allow the herbs to flower.
If you start to notice some powdery mildew growing on your plants, there is no need to waste money on expensive chemicals. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. Spray this on the plants once per week until that mildew goes away. This is a natural solution for ridding your plants of mildew safely.
If your green thumb starts to wilt during those long winter months when your garden is buried beneath a foot of snow, learn how to grow microgreens to provide yourself with fresh, healthy salads, sandwich toppings and garnishes all year round. Microgreens require very little sunlight and are easy to grow indoors. Some common microgreens include kale, dill, basil, spinach, and chard.
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).
There you have a few more ways to make gardening more enjoyable and productive. A garden is one of the most beautiful additions to any environment. It also provides its caretaker with a great way to reduce stress, forget about the trials and tribulations that life may hold, while giving you a real sense of pride and accomplishment. So get out there and enjoy!