Many people want a nice garden. For a garden full of healthy, vibrant plants, though, there are many factors you need to consider. Cultivating a garden is time consuming, but it is also rewarding. This article should help you to learn a little more about the process of creating a beautiful garden, and having fun in the process!
So you don't shock the plants, you should gradually get them use to a change in the temperature and conditions. Put the plants outside in the sun for one to two hours in the beginning. Gradually increase the the time they spend outside over a one week period. Once the transition is complete, your plants will probably be able to tolerate the outdoor conditions.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. To make the clay soft so you aren't working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Keep an eye open for stink bugs in your garden, especially during the fall months. They thrive on fruits, citrus, peppers and various beans. If not taken care of, these pests can damage the garden, so take steps to cut down their population.
Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. If you have excess moisture, this can attract bugs or diseases. One common organism that thrives on moisture is the fungi family. It is possible to control fungi by using fungicide sprays. However, these sprays should be used before issues become apparent.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. These methods remove the need for harsh chemical pesticides.
Invest in a quality wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool if gardening work is going to happen often. Using a large portion of your time near or on the ground working on your garden puts a huge strain on your knees; therefore, having a portable, lightweight garden stool will greatly assist you in making gardening easier on them. You will need a wheelbarrow in order to perform various gardening chores, it is a good thing to have on hand.
As you are working in your garden, you must take care to protect both knees. Bending over for extended periods can be harmful to your joints and muscles. Kneeling is much easier on your body, and helps you tend to your plants without hurting your back. A knee pad can be placed under your knees to protect them from damage and strain while you are working.
Do not let your gardening chores add up. Not everyone has time to tend their gardens every day, but by doing little things whenever you have a chance, you can avoid having things pile up. For example, if you are playing in the yard with your child, take a few moments to pull some weeds as well.
When the time has come to gather up the produce, you need to use an old laundry basket. You can also use a laundry basket as a strainer. While your freshly harvested fruits and vegetables are still in the basket, rinse them off and any excess water will run off through the laundry basket holes.
If you are planting seeds in containers, a good rule of thumb is that the seed's depth should be around three times its overall size. You should know that certain seeds need not be covered, because they need the sunlight. Two of the common examples are petunias and ageratum. Read the instructions that came with the seeds, and do some research on the Internet to find out the sunlight that your seeds need.
Water your plants appropriately for the climate. The level of necessary watering turns on the type of water you use, the kind of soil in your garden and the amount of direct sunlight you have. For instance, if you live in a humid climate where it never goes below 30 degrees Celsius, refrain from watering the leaves, as this will inevitably invite leaf fungus. Water the plants root system thoroughly instead.
Try growing some organic garlic. Cloves of garlic should be planted in well-drained soil with frequent watering in either the fall or spring. Plant the cloves one to two inches beneath the soil about four inches apart and with the pointed end up. You can use the tops of the garlic shoots instead of scallions or chives. The bulbs are ready to harvest when the tops start to turn brown. Dry the bulbs well in the sun for several days to harden the skin. Store the bulbs separately or tied in loose bunches in a cool place.
Check the roots of your plants. Tomato seedlings with green starts and poor root systems are something to watch out for. Look carefully at these before purchasing them for your garden. If starts don't have a good root system, they'll remain attached to the seedlings for a long time. The seedlings won't be able to thrive until the starts have been removed.
You can simply make a newer garden for perennials with a few steps. Flip up the turf using a spade or shovel, then cover the exposed area with a thin layer of wood chips, about three or four inches. With a week or two, you will be able to plant perennials in the bed.
With these tips, you're better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you'll also be growing as a person. That's because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.