It can sometimes seem overwhelming to think about how to learn to garden, but with proper knowledge, anyone can be taught how to grow a successful garden. Read on to learn some helpful tips to help educate you on the subject of gardening, allowing you to become a more proficient gardener.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and 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. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.
Get a slug-proof variety of perennials. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden. They tend to enjoy perennials that have thin, smooth, tender leaves, especially those of young plants. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
You can make your flower beds brighter with biennials and annuals. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. There are plenty of varieties including petunia, marigold, cosmos, sunflower, hollyhock, and rudbeckia.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. The best solution is mixing baking soda, a drop of liquid dish detergent and water together in a spray bottle. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. Think about saving your resistant plants or the expensive ones. Carefully dig up the plants, using caution not to disturb the roots, then transfer into a pot.
One way to correct your soil’s alkalinity is by amending your soil with used coffee grounds. The coffee grounds are a very inexpensive way to add acid back into the dirt. The greens and vegetables need the proper balance and will grow bigger and stronger with the right mix.
Try placing evergreens that grow berries around your garden. These types of trees can offer your garden a splash of color, especially during the winter when all other plants and trees have lost their hues. There is quite a variety of plants that will give your garden a splash of color during winter, including the American Cranberrybush, American Holly, Common Snowberry or Winterberry.
Pest control can become a major issue. Avoid using a bunch of harsh chemical pesticides in your garden. Don’t forget you intend on eating these vegetables. Frequently check your garden for pests. When pests are noticed early, the best way to get rid of them is to remove then from the plants by hand.
Horticulture is an excellent relaxation tactic. There are a wide variety of things you can do to release stress and relax. Horticulture is a relatively easy way to pursue this goal. Horticulture costs little and offers many benefits. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect is the sense of peace and calm that comes from nurturing your plants.
Not as difficult as you thought, right? Just like any topic, horticulture is vast a subject which encompasses a plethora of information. Sometimes you just need a little clue as to where to begin with it, so that you can “jump right in”. Hopefully, this article has provided you with just that.