Gardening means more than decorating a space outdoors. It's not even necessary that you have a green thumb. It is a great way to for one to relax, and to enjoy and appreciate nature. When you excel at gardening, these effects can prove very positive within you life.
Always keep your tools neatly stored away, especially if your neighborhood is prone to break-ins. If valuable tools are left out, it could prove to be too tempting for a potential thief.
Try placing evergreens that grow berries around your garden. These evergreens will color your lawn, even when other flowers are not blooming. The American Holly, American Cranberrybush, the Winterberry, and the Common Snowberry help provide color during the winter.
If you have salt spots on your clay pots, try using a mixture of rubbing alcohol and vinegar. You want to do this, because sometimes salt deposits can actually build up outside and on the clay pot over time. Make a solution with equal parts rubbing alcohol, water and white vinegar. Spray this on clay pots where salt deposits have built up. The next step is getting your plastic cleaning brush and scrubbing it while you see the salt deposits disappear. Before planting anything in the pot, you should rinse it well and allow it to dry.
You can spray scents such as after-shave and cologne around your garden to deter your dog. This will work to mask any scent that is attracting dogs, and will make the garden a much less interesting place to for dogs to be.
Avoid using broad-spectrum pesticides in your garden. These strong pesticides are non-selective, killing beneficial insects as well as pests. The bugs you need are often more fragile than the ones you don't: a pesticide could actually kill the beneficial insects while leaving the pests unaffected. This will leave you using even more pesticides to fix the problem.
Gardening is a great hobby that you and your family can enjoy together. Most children enjoy choosing the plants and flowers that will go in the garden. Children also love situations in which getting dirty is acceptable, especially if parents are in on the fun.
Starting seedlings in pots before planting in your garden is a smart idea. Once the plant is hardy enough, plant it in your garden. This method also reduces the waiting time between plantings. As soon as you harvest the mature plants in your garden, your new seedlings will be large enough to plant outside!
Take advantage of the beautiful colors of fall. Some deciduous shrubs and trees have gorgeous foliage in the fall, turning red or orange and even yellow. The production of chlorophyll is stopped since the sun does not shine as much as during the summer, and other pigments appear to replace the green color. To make sure you have a beautiful display, your plants need to get lots of sun during day, mostly in the afternoon. Plants such as boston ivy, chestnut, maple, and burning bush provide especially nice fall colors.
A great method for accumulating plant material to include in a compost pile is to store it in plastic trash bags. You can do this in the autumn once the leaves have been raked. Store the leaves you rake in a bag in a nice warm place. When spring comes, it's perfect soil for your compost pile.
When fall is here, you need to plant autumn edibles. This time, use a pumpkin for the container for your lettuce and kale, instead of plain clay pots. First, cut out the pumpkin's top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. Now this is completed, it is time to get planting!
Protecting your knees while you are gardening is very important. Bending from a standing position for excessive amounts of time can be difficult for many people. Kneeling down on the ground is a more comfortable way for many people to tend to their gardening chores. A knee pad can be placed under your knees to protect them from damage and strain while you are working.
If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. Most vegetables that can be grown need that much sun to grow well and quickly. This is true for flowers as well.
Houseplants can be finicky. Some like to be re-potted, others hate it because it disturbs their roots. An easy way to test which plants require re-potting is to flip them over and tap on the pot until the moment the plant falls out with ease. If you see a lot of roots, it is time to get a new pot. Little to no roots means the pot is perfect for the time being.
Use the knowledge you have gained here to resuscitate your garden today. You will be rewarded by healthy plants full of life. If you allow it, gardening will change your life. So get started!