A garden is much more than just ‘landscaping’. It’s not even necessary that you have a green thumb. Becoming involved in gardening is a great way to find peace in your life, and gain an appreciation for the world around you. The effects can be profound, especially if you have any talent at it.
Trying to shovel through clay soil can be extremely difficult and tiresome. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Use pots to start your plants, then transfer them to a garden when they become seedlings. This will help the plants make it to full growth. In addition, you can shorten the intervals between your plantings. Your seedlings will be ready to go in as soon as you remove the previous set of mature plants.
The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
Stink bugs can damage your garden, especially if you garden in the fall. These bugs like to eat beans, peppers, tomatoes, and many kinds of fruits. If left unattended, your garden could be ravaged by these bugs, so you need to proactively keep their population under control.
If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. Bulbs are easy to grow and hearty, and they keep growing in years to come. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.
If a test indicates that your soil is very alkaline, you can mix the dirt with used coffee grounds. Used coffee grounds will add acidity, helping to optimize the soil’s pH. This simple act can lead to vegetables that taste better and look more appealing.
Be vigilant about keeping moisture off your plants. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. Although fungi can be treated with sprays, it is possible to preempt the problem and very important to plant health that you do so.
Gather the information that you have learned here and create a wonderful garden that springs back to life. You’ll be glad you did when you see your plants alive and blooming. If you allow it, gardening will change your life. So get started!