If you want that green, lush garden, there are many things to do in order to get there. There is much fun and much work involved in gardening. The following hints and tips can reduce the effort and increase the fun!
If you want flowers in spring and summer, plant bulbs in the garden. Most bulbs are extremely hearty and grow easily. They also come back year after year. Different bulbs bloom at various times, so choosing appropriately, you may have blooms early spring to later summer.
Many annual plants do better in the winter than the summer. In order to make these plants presentable, be sure to prune them if they become too leggy. After a couple of weeks you can expect the annuals to bloom again and when they do, they look stunning when contrasted to the color of the winter foliage. Consider annuals such as petunias, snapdragons or dianthus.
Protect and define your garden with some type of border. Having something in place to keep out animals before the garden has even started growing will make sure the plants are safe from the moment they start growing, and can reach their maximum size.
Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. Moisture not only attracts parasites, but also makes it easier for your plants to contract diseases. In fact, fungi love a wet plant and can cause a great deal of damage. Although fungi can be treated with sprays, it is possible to preempt the problem and very important to plant health that you do so.
Purchase a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool to use in your garden. Gardening can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort. Also having a garden usually requires moving heavy dirt and objects, so investing in a wheelbarrow is a very sound investment.
If your garden includes vegetables, make sure you plant them in a location whether they are exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. Almost all vegetables need this much sunlight, so that they can grow correctly and in a shorter amount of time. Some flowers also have the same needs.
Plan your vegetable garden on paper! List out what it is you would like to grow this year, draw out your growing area and what to plant where. Take into consideration such things as plant height and width at maturity, and required sunlight and moisture.
Plants need ample amounts of CO2 to reach their maximum growth. In general, higher amounts of CO2 are related to better plant growth. The best way to get a lot of it is through a greenhouse. Plants grown in a greenhouse tend to be more lush and healthier due to the improved growing environment.
A great gardening tip to use is to always select types of plants that are more likely to produce a high yield. A lot of times a hybrid that will tolerate cold weather or disease will give you a higher output than heirlooms.
Don't bother with expensive chemicals if your plants start to sport powdery mildew. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. This solution can be sprayed onto your plants once per week until the problem is resolved. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.
Make sure any open cuts are completely protected from dirt and chemicals before you go to work in your garden. It is possible for a cut to become extremely infected if it comes into contact with dirt and grime while gardening. Bandage all cuts completely, using bandages that cover and seal cuts.
When planting seeds, it is wise to take your time. Begin by adding moisture to the dirt. Lay out your seeds, and make sure that they will have enough room to grow. Look at how big the seeds are, multiply that by three, and plant them down into the earth accordingly. Some seeds need some light to grow, and therefore shouldn't be buried.
Utilize your garden tool handles as convenient makeshift rulers. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks. Lay the handles on the floor, then run the measuring tape down next to them. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
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.