Does it always seem like the grass is greener on your neighbor’s side of the fence? You might believe that your next-door neighbor has a special formula for a beautiful yard that no one else knows about. The truth is that there is no horticulture “secret”. All you need is the knowledge about how to care for your plants the right way. Information about gardening is available online, in books and in magazines created for garden enthusiasts.
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Healthy soil will also assist in your battle against pests. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. Begin with a high-quality soil with less chemicals to avoid salt accumulation, and you give your garden an excellent chance of growing healthy plants.
Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. Soil analysis costs a little money, but the report can inform you how to enrich your soil and open the door to a lush garden. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.
The approach of fall means you need to start planting autumn goodies. Rather than using clay pots or planters for your lettuce and kale, plant them in a pumpkin! Hollow out the pumpkin and spray with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rot. After this is completed, it is time to plant!
Before planting seeds, soak them overnight. Place them in a cupboard or other place where they won’t be exposed to light. Put some seeds in a container and fill the container to the brim with water. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. The young plants will survive better, and get a boost toward maturity.
You can prevent pests using other plants or natural materials. For example, slugs can be deterred by the presence of marigolds or onions. Using wood ash as mulch around the base of trees and shrub seedlings will also help keep away insect pests. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.
Give them a nutritious drink by using the water that you boiled your veggies in. Tea and coffee grounds can also serve as acidifiers in the soil of your gardenias or rhododendrons. If fungus is an issue, Chamomile tea sprinkled on the plant may be effective.
Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. These pesticides will also kill any beneficial insects that consume the pests you are trying to get rid of. Useful insects are more sensitive to these pesticides than the pests, so by killing them, you could be growing your pest population. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.
You don’t have to plant just for spring and summer. Consider what are often beautiful colors in the fall. That doesn’t have to be the case. The foliage of autumn makes for perhaps the most colorful season of the year. Maple, beech, and dogwood display colors ranging from dark crimson to light yellow. When choosing shrubs, think about cotoneaster, hydrangea or barberry.
Many of the tips here are quite easy and don’t require you to have any special talents. You just have to glean the knowledge and implement what you’ve learned. Monitor how the plants in your garden respond to any new techniques that you choose to use. If something does not work, try something else. In time, you will begin to see the fruits of your labor and your garden will become the talk of the town.