TIP! Start your plants in some pots and plant its seedlings in the garden. Your plants will be more likely to mature this way.

Use this article to find some ideas on how to grow a better garden this year. Here you will find out the basic equipment and general techniques that are used in gardening so that your efforts are effective and efficient.

TIP! A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements.

In order not to shock your plants, you have to gradually accustom them to the change of temperature and conditions. Put the plants outside in the sun for one to two hours in the beginning. Over a week, increase the time outside slowly. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.

TIP! There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Mix some baking soda and a very small amount of liquid soap into water.

When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. A disease-resistant hybrid plant can be a good option to consider over a more traditional variety due to its tendency to produce higher yields.

TIP! Make sure your soil is healthy enough before you start planting anything. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden.

Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. Soil analysis costs a little money, but the report can inform you how to enrich your soil and open the door to a lush garden. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.

TIP! Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. You could also place something that will cause your cat to go away from your plants, such as citrus peels or mothballs.

When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. Try something different by planing kale or lettuce inside a pumpkin, instead of using the planter pots you traditionally use. Use some Wilt-Pruf to prevent your pumpkin from decomposing and then you can put your plants right inside. Once you have finished, you can begin planting.

TIP! Irises can benefit from being separated. The more you divide clusters of irises, the more your irises will multiply.

Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you let your grass grow, the roots will go deeper and make your lawn more resistant to dryness. The shorter the grass is, the shorter the roots are, which leads to a dry lawn.

TIP! Interested in using Mother Nature to keep pests at bay the natural way? For example, planting a border consisting of marigolds or onions can repel slugs. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch.

Before you start planting your garden, plan it! This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. In addition, your small plants or groups of plants that are limited in number won’t become lost if you have a large garden.

TIP! Beautiful insects are attracted to heather when you plant it. Heather is quite alluring to bees; when spring comes along, it provides the bees with a source of nectar early.

Protect your delicate shrubs from harsh, wintry elements. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. You will protect your shrubs from the cold without having to cover them in plastic, which can cause rot.

TIP! For the best results, properly prepare your garden for planting. Start by getting the soil good and moist.

One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. Boiling water is not good for the weed roots and will stunt further growth.

TIP! To avoid tracking the mud and dirt that will get on your gardening shoes, use plastic bags. This way, you won’t break momentum by fussing with your shoes, and you’ll be quickly back in the garden to finish your work.

Irises can be easily divided. If you divide the overgrown clumps of flowers, you’ll find that your stock grows proportionally. When the foliage has died off, it is time to harvest the iris bulbs. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Replant the new shoots right away.

TIP! Increase the value of your property! Landscaping your property provides one of the best returns on home improvement. Certain plant investments could raise your home’s resale value by approximately 20% or possibly more! Look for hardy, low moisture plants that are naturally suited for your region.

All you need is a little homework, some work in the outdoors, and some patience. However, while you watch something grow that you planted, the satisfaction will make it worthwhile.

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