Tips And Advice For Making Your Garden Grow
Gardening is a great way to escape the stress of daily life by working with your hands and getting in touch with nature. It’s also a way to add some beauty and peace to your home by surrounding it with lovely plants. Read on to find out how to start your home garden today.
If you have pruned your trees and shrubs, don’t throw away the branches and twigs! Instead, cut the material down to lengths of about six inches or less. Then add them to your compost pile. Six inch twigs or branches cut down to this size will more quickly break down.
Natural or agricultural-grade diatomaceous earth is a gardener’s friend. You can spread this over the soil in your flower beds to keep pests away. Slugs in particular are cut by the tiny, sharp granules. This causes them to quickly dehydrate and will end their existence in your garden. Reapply after any good rain storm.
Give the slugs a good send-off. While there are many commercial slug baits on the market, you can create a ‘humane’ way of getting rid of them. Cut a 2-inch end off the bottom of a soda bottle and bury it in the soil next to a plant that they favor, with a slight lip showing aboveground level. Fill it halfway with beer. The slugs will be attracted to the sweetness of the beer, climb in, and drink themselves into a happy (and terminal) stupor.
Ladybugs are not only cute bugs, but in fact are of great benefit to your gardens. They eat insects called aphids that are notorious for destroying the stems and leaves of your plants. Having a limited number of ladybugs in your garden can help keep the aphid population at bay.
To make a homemade watering can, use an old bottle of detergent! Simply drill holes in the lid of the cap and be sure the bottle has been cleaned thoroughly. The thickness of a detergent container will make this a very sturdy watering can and the handle will allow you to use it with ease.
You need to be realistic about what your garden can and can’t produce. No matter how tempting a particular vegetable may be, if it’s not suitable for your climate, it’s not going to grow well. You’ll get more out of your garden if you focus on plants that are right for your area.
When you are harvesting vegetables in your garden for consumption you need to make sure that you do not do it when the plants are wet. This will cause disease to spread in your garden and may cause harm to anyone that is unfortunate enough to eat any of them.
After a long day of gardening, clean those dirty hands with a breakfast treat. Create a mixture of oatmeal and water. Make it thick! Use the mixture as an abrasive to get the dirt out of your skin and from under your fingernails. Follow it up with your normal soap and water wash to get any lingering dirt off.
A garden that has tall plants in the back with low-growing plants in the front shows off the entire flower bed the best. To keep interest and color in your garden throughout the season, be sure to plant flowers that come into bloom at different times. This way, you will always enjoy color in your garden.
You should get a heat lamp to warm your plants during the winter months if you are growing an indoor garden. Plants need a constant temperature around 65 degrees. It can be expensive to keep a home or apartment at that constant temperature. A heat lamp is a cheap and inexpensive way to give the plants the heat they need to grow.
While most of the fruits of your labor and the fruits of your trees, will actually show up in specific seasons, this doesn’t mean that all of the work is done in those seasons. Gardening has tasks to do all year round so be sure that you are ready for this kind of commitment.
Although railroad ties may look very nice in your garden, the chemicals in them, are thought to be hazardous and toxic to the health of the garden, so consider alternatives. Natural wood is easy to find and will add a beautiful touch to your garden.
A great tip to consider when gardening is to never water your plants in direct sunlight. This is critical because the hot summer sun can actually scorch your plants when they have recently been watered. Be sure to always water your plants in the morning or evening, avoiding the harmful sun’s rays.
So it is easy to see that by starting with well-developed soil, choosing the right plants right from the start, following instructions for planting and care and being vigilant regarding pest control and watering, it is easy to create and maintain a beautiful and impressive floral display in your garden.