Why not learn something new about becoming a better gardener? You can have a good idea on what you need, this way you aren’t spending money on equipment you do not need, or on seeds that will not work in your environment.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. To make working in clay easier, rub the shovel with floor or car wax and then buff it with a cloth. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Choose plant strains that will give you the best harvest with the biggest yield. If yield is important, choose hybrids designed to resist cold and diseases rather than traditional varieties.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.
Try using climber plants to cover up your fences and walls. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. They can also grow through existing shrubs or trees, or be trained to cover an arbor. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Trusted variations of climbers are honeysuckle, jasmine, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses.
Transplanting plants and bringing them indoors can protect them from harsh winters. This is especially useful if you have a particular plant that you love or was expensive. When you dig up the plant, carefully avoid the roots then place it in a container.
Pre-soak your seeds through the night in a dark area. Drop some seeds into a small glass or other container, and fill it with water. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. Seeds that are grown in this way have a higher survival and maturity rate.
Be sure to split the irises. Increase your iris population when you divide up overgrown clumps. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Rhizomes should be divided using a knife. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
If you decide to grow peas, think about planting them indoors when you first start them off, as opposed to planting them outdoors. If you plant them inside, they might germinate more effectively. The baby plants will also be stronger and will resist pests and disease better. You can transplant the seedlings outside after they are sturdy enough.
Remember to place a layer of mulch over the soil around your vegetables, approximately 2 inches deep. When you place mulch around your plants, it keeps the ground more moist. It will also prevent the growth of weeds. This will save you a ton of time and work.
Two items you need to invest in when working in a garden are a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool. It’s rough on your knees to spend lots of time on the ground kneeling or squatting. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a portable, lightweight garden stool on hand. A wheelbarrow will come in handy to easily move dirt, rocks and other heavy objects.
All that is required is a little research, patience, and putting in some work time out in the garden itself. This work will show when you see all of your plants grow!