There is quite a bit to learn if your goal is to have a healthy and wonderful garden. Gardening can require a large amount of ongoing work, although many find it to be fun, rewarding and even therapeutic. Some basic tips will help make your work more efficient, making both the process and result more fun.
Find some plants that will give you a higher yield. In many cases, a disease-resistant or cold-tolerant hybrid will produce a higher yield than a traditional variety.
Use climbers to cover walls and fences. Many climbers are so robust that they can cover an unattractive wall or fence in a single growing season. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
While working in your garden during the fall season, watch out for those stink bugs! They like beans, peppers, tomatoes and many fruits. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
When the fall season approaches, you must prepare to plant your favorite fall veggies and other edibles. A hollowed out pumpkin can become a festive container for kale and lettuce. Simply cut the pumpkin open at the top, so you can remove the seeds and insides. After that, spray Wilt-Pruf along the edges and on the inside of the pumpkin, so it doesn’t rot. Finished? Now you’re all set for planting!
Soak seeds overnight, preferably in a cool, dark place. Take 3-4 seeds, put them in a small jar or container, and cover them with water. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. The seeds will most likely survive and mature this way.
Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.
Consider adding coffee grounds to your soil if it contains high levels of alkaline. Basically, the grounds resupply the soil with acid. This is one of the most inexpensive ways to achieve this result. With it, you will find that your greens and vegetables will be more vibrant and tasty!
Carefully plan your garden first. Having a planting plan will help you correctly identify the young plants once they start to sprout. The plan will also help you keep track of your more diminutive plants and smaller groups that could otherwise become lost among a sea of larger plantings.
You can use boiling water to get rid of weeds naturally. Any vessel of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. Make sure to pour only on the weeds and to stay away from healthy vegetation. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
You may want to think about having evergreens that will produce berries planted in your yard. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. These plants can help you get some color during the winter months: Winterberry, Common Snowberry, American Holly, and American Cranberrybush.
Do some research to find out the best time for harvesting your vegetables. Each type of produce has unique time frames for harvesting at the peak of flavor. Some vegetables, such as zucchini and baby peas, should be harvested when they are relatively young. Yet, in reverse, tomatoes must wait for prime-ripeness before they are subject to being picked. Remember that the vegetables will taste best if you harvest them at the proper time.
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.