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TIP! If you have many low-growing plants in your garden, get yourself a pair of gardening knee pads. Gardening is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable; you don’t want to finish every gardening session with aching, throbbing knees.

If you want that green, lush garden, there are many things to do in order to get there. Horticulture can be a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun. The following article will provide you with advice to make horticulture entertaining.

Clay Soil

TIP! Take the time to place organic mulch in the area around your vegetable plants. The mulch will help keep the dirt around the plants more moist.

Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.

TIP! Purchase an inexpensive gardening kneeling pad, as well as a wheelbarrow or wagon. In order to relieve stress on your knees when gardening, always use a small garden stool to be more comfortable.

The handles on your horticulture tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. You can use larger tools, like rakes, as measuring sticks. Lay the handles on the floor, then run the measuring tape down next to them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. Now, the next time you do work in the garden, you’ll actually have a ruler at your fingertips.

TIP! Know when is the best time to harvest your vegetables. Each type of vegetables has its own ideal time for picking for the best flavor.

Try using annuals and biennials to add color to your flower beds, and brighten them up. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. Some plants to get you started include petunia, marigold, sunflower, rudbekcia, and cosmos.

TIP! Use gardening to relax. There are numerous ways to seek personal comfort and peace.

Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. Keeping grass with a little more height makes it healthier. This allows the roots to grow more deeply and makes the blades of grass more resistant to becoming dry and discolored. Leaving the grass short makes it more prone to drying out, which leaves your lawn look really brown and yucky.

TIP! You can help your plants resist disease by spraying them with aspirin water. Your plants can benefit from a solution you can make by dissolving one and one-half aspirins into a couple of gallons of water.

Vegetables should be planted in an area where they will get a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. Most vegetables need at least that much sun exposure to grow properly. This holds true for some types of flowers.

Coffee Grounds

TIP! If you cut your hand, you can use a glove to protect it from germs and chemicals until it heals. Your cut could get infected if you’re dealing with grime and dirt when gardening.

 

Consider adding coffee grounds to your soil if it contains high levels of alkaline. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. When you can eliminate excess alkaline from the soil, it makes what you are growing much healthier. This means your veggies will taste better, and your flowers will be more vibrant than ever.

TIP! Before planting any perennials, you have to make the ground ready. Using a garden spade, dig underneath the turf and flip it.

An easy, inexpensive way to give them nutrients is to pour the leftover water from your steamed vegetables into the soil. You should also try using a bit of coffee grounds or tea to increase the acidity of the soil for your gardenias or your rhododendrons. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.

Pest Problem

TIP! Paying attention to spacing is important. People often underestimate how much space plants will need when once they’re grown.

Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. In addition, these pesticides destroy the good insects which eat pests. Since these pesticides often affect the good bugs more than the bad, using them can actually increase your pest problem. If you respond to the growing pest problem with more broad-spectrum pesticide, you only continue the harmful cycle.

TIP! Your compost pile should contain green plant materials and dry plant materials. Garden wastes, such as grass clippings, are classified as green materials.

When growing plants inside of the house, you should ensure the thermostat is set at around 65-75 degrees in the daytime. Warm temperatures encourage plant growth. If you don’t want you house to be really warm during the cold season, you could use a heat lamp on organic plants instead.

TIP! Your watering schedule should flow perfectly with the seasons, yet be adjustable according to climate. When watering your plants, consider the time you are watering them, the kind of soil you are using and how good the water is.

Try to work as efficiently as possible when horticulture. If it takes you thirty minutes to find a needed tool, then you are doing something wrong. Prepare your equipment before you go into the garden and put everything away afterwards. You can use a tool belt, or you may want to wear pants with extra pockets.

TIP! If plants are inundated with too much water, it becomes more difficult for roots to pull nutrients out of the soil. Before watering your plants outdoors, check to see if there is rain in the forecast.

With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.

 
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