Whether you garden for business, to feed your family or just for your own pleasure, the tips below will help you to make the most of your garden. Here you will find out the basic equipment and general techniques that are used in gardening so that your efforts are effective and efficient.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Perennials with hairy, tough leaves as well as those with unpleasant taste are not appetizing to snails and slugs. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.
Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. Healthy plants grown in robust and enriched soil have an advantage in fighting pest infestation. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. The best solution is mixing baking soda, a drop of liquid dish detergent and water together in a spray bottle. Spray this mix on your plants every week and the mildew should go away. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.
Save some plants in the winter by bringing them indoors. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.
For proper optimum growth, plants require sufficient amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). The majority of plants grow much better when CO2 levels are at their highest. A greenhouse can concentrate the levels of CO2. It’s very important to keep the CO2 levels high so your plants have the best possible growing conditions.
For showy flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant plenty of bulbs. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. Find out which flowers will bloom when and then plant a variety, so that you can have fresh blooms all the way through the spring and summer!
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.
Try “boiling” weeds to get rid of them. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. Boiling water kills weeds by destroying their roots. Weeds won’t be able to survive, never mind grow, with damaged weeds.
You must do a bit of research, enjoy working outside a good deal of the time, and have lots of patience. All the work will be worthwhile, when you experience the satisfaction of a thriving garden established by your own effort.