For hundreds of years, people have enjoyed gardening. Some people do it as a hobby, while others do it to feed their family. The tips in this article will help to bring additional joy to your gardening endeavors.
Starting seedlings in pots before planting in your garden is a smart idea. Once the plant is hardy enough, plant it in your garden. In addition, it lets you tighten the time in between plantings. When you remove your mature plants, the next batch of seedlings should be ready.
Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. They gravitate towards perennials with smooth thin leaves, particularly on younger plants. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
If powdery mildew appears on your plants, don’t purchase expensive chemical solutions. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. Spray this on your plants once a week until the mildew disappears. This solution is perfectly safe for your plants and gently treats mildew in a short amount of time.
When the fall season approaches, you must prepare to plant your favorite fall veggies and other edibles. Instead of using regular clay pots this year for planting lettuce and kale, try a pumpkin container instead! First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. Additionally, use your cat’s keen sense of smell to your advantage. Citrus fruit peels and mothballs both smell horrible to cats, so put them on the soil near the plants your cat likes to eat.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. Boiling water is a safe herbicide which won’t damage your garden or your body. Pour boiling water on any weeds, but be careful not to spill it on plants you want to keep. Boiling water kills weeds by destroying their roots. Weeds won’t be able to survive, never mind grow, with damaged weeds.
As already noted, gardening is an activity that many have enjoyed throughout history. Long ago, it was a way of life and a necessity. These days, people garden for a number of reasons, whether it’s need, pleasure or profit. No matter what reason you wish to garden, you now have some useful advice. You are going to gain a greater appreciation for the benefits you reap from your gardening efforts.