A garden offers much more than beautiful decoration. It isn’t just a hobby or pastime for green-thumbed enthusiasts. It can give a gardener a feeling of peace. The effects can be profound if you’re good at it.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
You don’t need a costly chemical solution to deal with powdery mildew in your garden. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. Once every week, you should spray the mixture on your plants; the mildew will disappear shortly thereafter. Do not worry about your plants; the baking soda cannot harm them.
Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. Rather than using clay pots or planters for your lettuce and kale, plant them in a pumpkin! When you have finished cutting and cleaning the pumpkin, spray it with some liquid that will stave off wilting to keep it from rotting. Now this is completed, it is time to get planting!
Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. Tender, potted shrubs must be protected when the weather is cold. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. This is more effective than putting plastic on the plant, it will let the air flow.
Irises can be easily divided. You can increase the number of irises you have by splitting clumps that are overgrown. Try to life the bulbous irises when foliage begins to die. The bulbs should split naturally, and the replanted bulbs will usually flower within a year. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. The quicker you can replant your cuttings, the better chances they will reappear next season.
The best gardens start with seeds, as opposed to plants. When starting a new garden, the most environmentally friendly way is to start from seed. Packaging materials for many plants utilize plastics that are not recyclable, so avoid these containers and choose instead to sow your garden with seeds or utilize organic pots.
Keep your garden fertilized. Use commercially composted products in your garden to help your plants grow. This will reduce the chance of pathogens. There are many fertilization methods out there; the type is not quite as important as actually using something.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. Onions and marigolds can get rid of pests in the garden. If you place wood ash around the base portion of a shrub seedling or tree, you will ward off insect pests. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
To grow peas, try growing them indoors first, instead of outside. Planting them inside helps the seeds germinate better. Give the seeds enough time to get stronger: growing indoors will make it easier for your plants to resist diseases and the pesky bugs. Once they are strong enough, you can transplant them outside.
Place organic mulch as close to your vegetables as you can. The soil will stay moist thanks to the mulch. It also helps prevent weeds from growing. You will benefit by not having to spend so much time fighting weed growth.
Broad-spectrum pesticide is not a good garden choice. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Beneficial bugs are usually several orders more sensitive to the things you spray than the pests you are trying to kill, so you might wind up dropping the good bug populace and open the door to pest population growth. This can cause you to use an additional amount of pesticides in order to attempt to fix this problem.
Spray fragrances such as old perfume or aftershave on grass around your garden to help keep your dog away from the plants. This will help to cover the scents that are attracting the dog, and make it less of an appealing place for your dog to be.
To make a creative English garden, include many different kinds of plants and vary their height in the same garden bed. Plants that grow to be the same height end up uniform and flat looking.
If little ones live in your home, consider including everbearing strawberries in the garden plot. Children are thrilled to harvest fruit from their own garden, and doing so often makes them more enthusiastic about helping out with the more hum-drum aspects of tending a garden.
Apply these tips to make your garden a beautiful oasis. You’ll be so happy to see your beautiful plants afterward. Horticulture can have a powerful effect on your life, so give it a try.