Gardening is a hobby which not only relaxes you, but can provide you with delicious food. Knowing the type of soil, equipment, and when you should plant the seeds are common gardening questions. Some basic advice will give budding gardeners the information needed to get started.
Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. This is also a good way to tighten up your planting schedule. Your next crop of seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your last crop from the garden.
If you are growing a vegetable garden, you may find that pests can be difficult to control. Avoid spraying harsh chemicals on fruits and vegetables destined for your table. You can prevent pests from appearing in the garden by adopting a vigilant attitude. If you discover the pests when they first infest your plants, the best way to remove them is to pick them off manually.
Plant large plants like shrubbery or trees in the fall so that you can have strong root development. The ground still remains warm in comparison to the air's temperature, and since the plants don't have any leaves to grow, their resources can be focused on the root system, so that you can have a stronger foundation.
Use rubbing alcohol and vinegar to remove salt from clay pots. It is common for build-ups of salt to accumulate over long periods of time on pots made of clay. Use equal amounts of rubbing alcohol, water and white vinegar to spray on the pot. Scrub it down with any brush you happen to have handy, and the salt will come right off. After rinsing, allow the pot to air out prior to using it again.
Use rainwater to water your plants and be more eco-friendly. Collect rain water in a container to avoid runoff and keep your water bill low. Go ahead and try this if you want easy sustainability of your garden and a convenient way to save a few dollars.
There are many houseplants that need to be re-potted, but some prefer to stay in their existing pot. To check if your plant will benefit from re-potting, just turn it upside down and tap your container until your plant falls out. If you see a lot of roots, it is time to get a new pot. By contrast, if the roots aren't very prominent or aren't showing at all, there's no need for a pot transfer.
Cover the fences and walls with climbers. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
Healthy soil will be your best defense against the pests that can invade your garden. If your plants are healthy, they can more easily resist insects and disease. For the most vigorous and healthy plants, start with high-quality soil, and stay away from chemicals. These can accumulate salts over time.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. By leaving your grass a little taller, you are allowing it to become stronger, as the roots grow stronger and deeper. When grass is cut too low the roots will not grow as deep, and your lawn may suffer from brown patches.
Always check to make sure you are not watering your plants too much or too little. Too much water rots the roots, but a plant without water can't thrive. A good way to check to see if your garden is getting the right amount of moisture is to check the moisture in the soil daily.
Some houseplants may require some humidity. It is possible to obtain the proper humid environment when you cluster plants together in a single pot. Another way to give houseplants some humidity is to mist them with a bit of water a few times every day.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they'll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs' mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren't tender. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
As previously discussed, gardening can be rewarding, but it requires knowledge to actually make your garden grow properly. With the right advice and proper planning, you'll soon have a thriving garden. Apply the garden laid out here and you will soon enjoy a gorgeous garden you grew yourself.