Taking care of a garden is an extremely rewarding pastime, and will bring a lot of benefits. Displaying your beautiful flowers and eating the fruits and vegetables grown in your garden will give you a great sense of accomplishment. The information below provides a little advice and a few pointers when it comes to both your garden, and the act of growing.
When laying sod, it is important that you do it correctly. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. The soil should be adequately moistened. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. Firm sod until there is an even, flat surface; fill in gaps with soil. Water the sod everyday for the first two weeks until the roots grow enough.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. Just lay your tool down on the floor then lay a yardstick beside the handle. Next, use a Sharpie to accurately label the distance between each one. Now you have easy access to a long ruler whenever you are gardening.
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. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.
Take the time to remove weeds. Weeds and gardens do not mix; they will destroy your garden. A simple tool that is useful in removing weeds is white vinegar. White vinegar kills weeds. A spray solution is much easier to apply than to rid your garden of weeds by hand.
It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Place your seeds in a container filled with water. This will keep seeds hydrated and help them to grow faster. The seeds will most likely have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. If you have a few potted shrubs, they should be shielded from the wintry weather. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. This is better than using plastic to wrap the plant, as more air can circulate.
If you are going to grow peas, start them inside rather then planting them outdoors. Install your plants inside and wait for the seeds to germinate. Seedlings will grow stronger, and withstand attacks from pests and diseases a lot better. When your plants are sturdy, move them outdoors.
Gardening is a rewarding and pleasurable hobby. The fruits of your time and labors fail to stop yielding, regardless of the dividends are vibrant color outside your windows or fresh foods on your kitchen table. If you heed these suggestions, you can enjoy gardening more than ever.