A garden can provide far more than just decorative appeal. It’s not even necessary that you have a green thumb. It is an activity which offers the gardener opportunities for achieving serenity and gaining a greater appreciation of life. The effects are huge, especially if you’re skilled at it.
Do not spend your money on chemicals to fight mildew. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. This solution is perfectly safe for your plants and gently treats mildew in a short amount of time.
Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. You can also try to offend the cats sense of smell with orange rinds or mothballs.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Most vegetables need this amount of sunlight to grow the right way at a faster pace. Some flowers are especially sun-loving as well.
Be careful how you water your garden. Use a type of soaker hose so that you don’t need to do individual waterings with the hose nozzle, or be refilling a watering can constantly. Avoid damage to new plantings by keeping the water on low to move the water slowly through the soaker. You can go about your business and leave your soaker hose at work for an hour or two.
To keep dogs from disturbing your garden, spray some old aftershave, cologne, perfume or other strongly-scented products in the dirt or grass surrounding it. This helps mask the attractive scents and can make your garden unappealing to them.
You can attract the insects you need by planting heather. Bees are very attracted to heather. When heather is first formed during the spring, it’s an early nectar source. Heather beds are typically left untouched, which is why helpful little critters like ground beetles and spiders call them home. With this in mind make sure you wear some gloves when you are working with the heather.
Get your children interested in helping with your organic garden. Gardens are terrific teaching tools for kids, and provide great opportunities for interaction, growth, and instruction on healthy living.
Use the knowledge you have gained here to resuscitate your garden today. 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 has the potential to change your whole outlook on life, if you let it. So get started today!