Gardening is an activity that has been enjoyed for thousands of years. It can be undertaken for daily subsistence, or just for the simple joys it brings. The following article will give advice for making gardening more fun.
Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Place the handles on the floor, then set a measuring tape alongside them. You can label distances using a permanent marker. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.
Try to have a plan with your garden. It will be easy to remember where each plant is when sprouts start to shoot up the following spring. You can also avoid losing the smaller plants, or in larger gardens, the small plant groups.
Interested in using Mother Nature to keep pests at bay the natural way? Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. If you place wood ash around the base portion of a shrub seedling or tree, you will ward off insect pests. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
Place at least an inch of mulch that is organic in with your veggies! Mulch is used to keep extra moisture and provide nutrients for your plants. It will also dramatically decrease weed growth. Every gardener can appreciate pulling fewer weeds.
Novice gardeners should read the manuals on all horticulture tools and chemicals prior to using them. Failure to follow instructions can be dangerous or painful. For example, some chemicals will irritate your skin if you don’t follow safety rules. Prevent issues, and use your garden chemicals safely.
Pest control can become a major issue. The vegetables are intended to be eaten, thus you should refrain from using harsh pesticides and chemicals. If you remain vigilant, you can control your garden pest population. If you catch pests right away, the easiest way to eradicate them is to pick them off plants by hand.
Keep your pet out of the garden with old perfume or aftershave in the grass. Doing so shields the scents that your dog might pick up on and be drawn to, causing their potential interest in your garden to drop dramatically.
Protect yourself from sun overexposure while gardening by wearing the proper clothing. Try wearing a large sunhat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes, and use sunscreen on any exposed skin. If you properly protect yourself from the sun, you will not get a sun burn and you will decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
Vegetables are softest during the warmest hours of each day, so picking them then, no matter how gently, runs the risk of damage. When you remove the produce from the plant, use shears or a knife to cut them from the vine without twisting, as this can damage the plant.
Heather can be planted to attract useful insects. Bees love heather, and it is a favorite stop when they emerge in early spring.
Heather beds are common grounds for helpful insects such as spiders and ground beetles, because they don’t usually get bothered by human activity. Being mindful of this, wearing gloves appropriate to gardening is sound strategy when pruning any heather in or around the bed.
As previously mentioned, horticulture is something that has been enjoyed by many throughout the centuries. Back in the day, horticulture was a necessary in order to survive. Although many people today still rely on their gardens as a source of food, gardening for the sheer pleasure of it has become more common. The stuff from this article can make your gardening experience more enjoyable. Love your hobby and enjoy the rewards!