If you have visions of a healthy, lush, green garden, there are things you should consider on your way to that goal. Gardening can require a large amount of ongoing work, although many find it to be fun, rewarding and even therapeutic. Read on for some advice to make horticulture easier and more fun.
Put down sod correctly. Start by preparing your soil with care. Pull all the weeds and loosen the soil so the new roots can take easily. Lightly, but firmly compress the soil, making certain it is flat. Gently sprinkle water on the soil until you are certain that it is thoroughly moistened. Sod should be placed in rows that are staggered, where the joints connect to offset each other. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. Keep the sod moist and avoid walking on it until it is well-rooted, usually two to three weeks.
Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. It also helps you make your planting times more frequent. Your seedlings will be ready to go in as soon as you remove the previous set of mature plants.
Make sure your soil is healthy enough before you start planting anything. For a small fee, a soil analysis can be obtained – based on that report – the soil can be properly enriched to support a vibrant garden. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. A pot of very hot water is one of the most effective ways you can get rid of the weeds in your garden. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
You can help provide nutrients by watering your plants with room temperature water that is leftover after cooking vegetables. You can also use tea or coffee grounds to acidify soil for plants such as rhododendrons and gardenias. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides for your garden. These types of pesticides also kill the beneficial insects that eat the pests. Beneficial bugs are usually several orders more sensitive to the things you spray than the pests you are trying to kill, so you might wind up dropping the good bug populace and open the door to pest population growth. If this happens, you just fuel an expanding cycle of needing even more pesticides.
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.