Gardening is a wonderful hobby that is very relaxing and inexpensive. If you plant a garden together it is a great activity for you and your family to do together to get some bonding time in. Children usually take interest in seeing plants grow or by catching bugs. Gardening also provides its’ caretaker with an introspective appreciation for mother nature, unlike any other. In this article, you will find advice to help you enjoy your garden and share that joy with others.
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Place them outdoors in the sun for about an hour or two on the first day. As you continue the first week of the project, gradually extend the duration of sun exposure. By the end of the week, your plants should be ready to make the big move with no problem!
Don’t try to remove low lying weeds by hand. Instead get a small shovel and flip them over so their leaves are under the dirt. You will kill the weed and the leaves will rot creating a fresh mulch like material for you to use. It is green and nourishing for the other plants.
A great way to keep insects and pests at bay in your garden is to spray your plants with a dish soap and water mixture. A mixture of one quart water and one half teaspoon dish detergent will kill off those pesky parasites. Be sure to respray every fourteen days.
If you are introducing children to gardening, start them off with an herb garden. Herbs are easy to grow and you can start them in containers, which are easier for children to handle. When children see that the herbs they grow can be used in your cooking, they will be very proud of their accomplishment.
To make sure your garden looks great from season to season, plan ahead. Make sure your garden includes both annuals, biennials, and perennials so that you can always count on something blooming. Before you plant any flower, think about what you want for your garden in the next year or two.
Determine what kind of pests you have in your garden before you apply a pesticide spray. No one pesticide can handle every pest problem and you might end up killing off the pests natural predators which will make the problem worse.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing when gardening. Never work in the garden in bare feet or sandals. Wear shoes that lace up and give good cushioning and arch support. If it is hot and sunny out, wear a hat to shade from the sun and clothes that will protect the skin from burning. The more comfortable you are, the more you will enjoy your garden.
Gardening is a wonderful hobby that can be enjoyed either alone, or with others. Take what you have learned here, and help your family enjoy gardening, get together with your friends or just have fun by yourself.