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TIP! Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails.

Gardening is a very affordable and relaxing hobby. Performing necessary garden chores can be an excellent way of spending time together as a family. Children are particularly fascinated at the way seeds grow into hearty vegetables and beautiful flowers. Horticulture also teaches life lessons and can make you truly appreciate the wonders of nature. This article can give you tips on how to enjoy horticulture by making easier.

TIP! If you are going to be doing some gardening, watch out for stink bugs, especially in the fall! Stink bugs are attracted to tomatoes, beans and most fruits. If you don’t take care of them, they can decimate your garden, so it’s best to do all you can to get rid of them.

Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface. Either car wax or floor wax will work just fine. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.

TIP! A set of knee pads are a life saver if you’re an avid gardener and a lot of your plants sit close to the ground. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy.

A great gardening tip to use is to always select types of plants that are more likely to produce a high yield. In many cases, a disease-resistant or cold-tolerant hybrid will produce a higher yield than a traditional variety.

TIP! Novice gardeners should read the manuals on all gardening tools and chemicals prior to using them. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful.

Start your plants in some pots and plant its seedlings in the garden. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. This method also reduces the waiting time between plantings. Your next crop of seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your last crop from the garden.

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TIP! Try mixing various plants that have different heights to create an interesting garden setup. You should avoid using plants of the same height so that your flower bed doesn’t look flat and uniform.

 

Do not spend your money on chemicals to fight mildew. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. Spray this on your plants once a week until the mildew disappears. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.

TIP! Add aspirin to your plants to help them fight sickness. An aspirin and a half, dissolved in about two gallons of fresh water, is great for your plants.

Use climbers if you want to cover any fences or walls. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Some need to be tied to a support, whereas certain climbers attach themselves to a surface with tendrils or twining stems. Some of these plants include, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle!

TIP! One way to help your organic garden thrive is to leave an undeveloped area that is conducive to the wildlife around your area. The presence of native flowers, trees and grasses will attract birds and insects.

Make sure your soil is healthy enough before you start planting anything. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. Before you ruin any crops, make sure you do this. Soil can be analyzed at a lot of cooperative extension offices, so make sure you plan accordingly.

TIP! Add three inches of mulch to your flower beds. This will help to inhibit weed growth, helps to lock in moisture, and adds needed nutrients to your organic garden.

Whether you garden alone, or with friends or family, these tips will be helpful to you. If you use this information, you will find yourself enjoying gardening as a very rewarding pastime.

 
Updated: August 31, 2015 — 8:02 pm
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