Why not learn something new about becoming a better gardener? You can determine all the things that you need so that you don’t waste any money on equipment that isn’t needed, or the wrong seeds for your type of environment.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. Doing these things can ensure that you do not need potentially harmful chemicals.
When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. Try using a pumpkin as a natural plant pot. You can plant fall vegetables such as lettuce in an empty pumpkin shell. Simply carve open the top of a pumpkin so you can remove the innards, and then spray inside and out with something like Wilt-Pruf to prevent pumpkin rotting. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
A wheelbarrow and kneeling bench or stool are smart investments for your garden. Spending time on the ground is rough on the knees, a portable and light stool can help make horticulture easier. Using a wheelbarrow or wagon to transport heavy loads of dirt will help protect you from back injuries so make sure that you have one.
Mulching is very effective when horticulture. Mulch keeps the water in the soil from evaporating too quickly and keeps the weeds away.
Water is essential to maintaining a vibrant garden. People and plants both need water to prosper. During the hot days of summer, water your plants often to ensure that your plants do not dry out. Proper watering can make ones garden the best it can be.
To keep dogs from disturbing your garden, spray some old aftershave, cologne, perfume or other strongly-scented products in the dirt or grass surrounding it. This can help mask any scents which attract animals so pets will now avoid the garden.
During the day, when the weather is hot, vegetables tend to be softer, which causes them to be damaged even if you gently pick them. You can also protect both your vegetables and the plant they grow on by cutting them off instead of twisting them off.
Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Tools with long handles, such as a shovel or rake, are absolutely perfect for this job, and make your workload a little bit smaller. Measure the handles with a tape measure laid out in the floor. You can label distances using a permanent marker. Now when you go garden the next time, you’ll have a giant ruler at your command.
Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. Rein their growth; you can do this simply by planting mint inside a larger garden container or pot. You can plant the container into the soil if you want to, but the container will restrict the roots, and make sure that the plant doesn’t run rampant in your garden.
The first thing you can do to ward off garden pests is to ensure you are using healthy soil in your garden. If your plants are healthy, they can more easily resist insects and disease. Start your garden off with a high-quality soil that you can enrich over time.
It just requires some effort and a bit of learning on your part, and of course, a whole lot of patience. All the work will be worthwhile, when you experience the satisfaction of a thriving garden established by your own effort.