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TIP! Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. By utilizing quick-growing biennials and annuals, not only will you be brightening up your flower bed, you can also alter its look each season and each year.

There is a lot of information you need to learn if you want to achieve your goal of having a thriving garden full of beautiful, colorful, blossoming plants. Cultivating a garden is time consuming, but it is also rewarding. Here are a few tips to make your horticulture more fun and less work!

TIP! Make sure your soil is healthy enough before you start planting anything. Pay a small fee to have your soil analyzed, and you’ll be glad that you did when you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking.

Your plants will respond better to gradual changes of environment. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. Throughout the week, you should leave your plants out for a little longer each day. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.

TIP! If you learn that your soil has a high amount of alkaline, mix some used coffee grounds into it. Using coffee grounds is a low-cost way to increase the acidity of the soil.

When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.

TIP! Don’t over-water your plants, and keep the soil around them aerated. If your plants are moist, this can attract disease and parasites.

Don’t bother with expensive chemicals if your plants start to sport powdery mildew. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. This is a natural solution for ridding your plants of mildew safely.

TIP! Start your garden by planting seed in small pots. Planting seeds is the most eco-friendly way to start a new garden.

Plants need ample amounts of CO2 to reach their maximum growth. A higher level of CO2 will help plants grow better. Getting a greenhouse is the best way to get a higher amount. Higher CO2 levels can provide optimal conditions for growing plants.

TIP! Always fertilize your garden. Composted manure is effective in raising healthy plants, and commercial fertilizer products are safer and more convenient.

Use common sense when watering your garden. Utilize a soaker hose. This saves time as you need not water each plant one at a time with the nozzle of a hose or with a watering can. Keep water pressure on your hose low so you don’t harm fragile plants. You can take care of other tasks or just relax while your plants are automatically watered for an hour or so.

TIP! Try placing evergreens that grow berries around your garden. The berries will provide a boost of color to your backyard, even during the colder months when most of the other vegetation has been drained of their color.

 

If you want your garden to be off-limits to your dog, spray a scented perimeter around it using things like old perfumes or aftershave. This can make scents that dogs are attracted to, and make your garden less interesting in general for pets.

TIP! Be sure to buy a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool that you can use for your garden. Working in the garden means you’ll be down on the ground a lot.

Any time that you are gardening in direct sunlight, dress appropriately to prevent skin damage. Wear sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. When using the right protection in the sun, you will lower your chance of getting a sunburn and decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.

Get your kids to help you grow your organic garden. They will enjoy learning about nature and bonding with you.

TIP! Beautiful insects are attracted to heather when you plant it. Heather is quite alluring to bees; when spring comes along, it provides the bees with a source of nectar early.

Try using aspirin water for fighting plant diseases. Dissolve one and one-half aspirins into two gallons of cold water, and use it to fortify your plants. The solution can then be used to spray the entire plant, and will offer protection naturally. Use this solution once in every three-week period.

TIP! Keep your garden tools close at hand to make the most of your gardening time. You can wear an apron or pants that have a lot of pockets, or use a big bucket or can.

If you are planning to grow plants within the house, the temperature should be maintained between 65 and 75 degrees within the daylight hours. They need this type of warm temperature in order to grow. If your thermostat is normally kept lower in winter, you can use a heat lamp to keep your plants warm enough.

TIP! Use approximately two or three inches of natural, organic material as some mulch in every single flower bed. Not only will you be adding nutrients, but weeds will be less likely to grow and moisture will be retained more easily.

Pay attention to how much light your indoor plants are getting. If your residential space has limited sunlight, it will be best that you grow plants that are ideal for this type of environment. If you still are unable to get enough light to your plants, consider purchasing grow-lights.

TIP! Regulate the amount and timing of watering, to the specific climate and its seasonal variations. Knowing how much to water your plants can be a difficult task.

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.

 
Updated: September 30, 2015 — 12:47 am
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