Gardening can be very relaxing, and the great thing about it is that it does not require a lot of money. Spending time working in the garden with others is a wonderful bonding experience. Kids will be amazed to see all those plants begin to grow. You can also use this as an opportunity to teach a lesson on nature appreciation. This article gives you hints that will make it easier for you to enjoy your garden, and if you are enjoying it, you will be more likely to include others.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
Know what grows in your region. When you see the wide variety of seed packets offered online, it is easy to get sucked into the idea of growing everything and anything! In reality, though, only some of them may flourish in your regional environment. Study up on your region and what crops can survive.
When uprooting a perennial plant, you should start digging at its drip line. Dig a trench around the plant, and cut any roots that extend beyond that trench. You can tie stems together to avoid damaging the plant during the process. Once all the roots are severed lift the plant carefully by its main stem.
Collecting and preserving autumn leaves is a fun gardening project, especially for the kids. Generations of kids have used the “wax paper method” to preserve fall leaves at peak color – with a little help from Mom. Just select colorful thin leaves that don’t have a high water content and place them between two sheets of wax paper. Place a cloth – like an old tea towel – on top of the waxed paper “sandwich” and have Mom slowly run a hot iron (no steam) across the cloth. Peek underneath to see if the wax paper is melting and bear down hard to get a good seal. The wax paper may seem cloudy while it is warm, but it should dry clear as it cools. Enjoy your pretty display of colorful leaves!
Stink bugs can damage your garden, especially if you garden in the fall. Stink bugs like to reside in tomatoes, beans, and pepper plants, as well as many fruits. If left unattended, your garden could be ravaged by these bugs, so you need to proactively keep their population under control.
Gardening is a great activity that you can do on your own, or share with others. Regardless, the advice in this article can be helpful. By implementing some of the tips mentioned previously, you can introduce the delights of gardening to family members, have fun gardening with friends, or simply enjoy it by yourself.