Gardening means more than decorating a space outdoors. It isn’t just a hobby or pastime for green-thumbed enthusiasts. Gardens give the people working on them a feeling of serenity and a close bond with nature. You can really pull off some miracles if you are a good gardener.
Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
If you have any mildew on the plants, do not go out and buy anything. A great home remedy is to mix baking soda with water and a little bit of liquid soap. Spray this on the plants once per week until that mildew goes away. This is a natural solution for ridding your plants of mildew safely.
Cover the fences and walls with climbers. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Some climbers you plant will have to be tied off and supported, but others have no problem attaching themselves to any surface using their tendrils or twining stems Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.
Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. Once the pumpkin has been prepared, it is ready for planting.
If your soil is highly alkaline, try mixing used coffee grounds into the soil. This affordable trick will give back the acid that your dirt requires. Balanced soil will produce more flavorful, crisp vegetables and greens.
Familiarize yourself with the optimum harvesting time of your vegetables. Each kind of vegetable should be picked at a specific point for maximum flavor. Veggies such as zucchini or baby peas, for instance, taste their best if they get picked young. By contrast, it’s best to wait until tomatoes are fully ripe before picking them. It’s best to learn when the harvest time is for your vegetables.
Plant items with fall color. That doesn’t have to be the case. When it comes to brightly colored foliage, fall is an amazing time of year. Fall hues of orange, yellow and red can be seen falling from maple trees, and dogwoods and beech trees offer comparable spectacles. Some very good shrubs to choose are barberry, hydrangea, and cotoneaster, which is a member of the rose family.
Gather the information that you have learned here and create a wonderful garden that springs back to life. When you see your plants and flowers alive and flourishing, you will feel a sense of happiness that you helped to make that happen. Gardening can help change your way of life, only if you will allow it.
Originally posted 2014-03-01 08:41:42.