TIP! During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. This time, use a pumpkin for the container for your lettuce and kale, instead of plain clay pots.

Are you ready to learn new gardening tips? Here you will learn some helpful tips that will help you grow a successful garden. Here you will find out the basic equipment and general techniques that are used in horticulture so that your efforts are effective and efficient.

TIP! Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. You can put something over the soil which surrounds the plants which has a bad smell to cats to deter them.

Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. A lot of cooperative extension offices can provide this service to you and it is worth knowing what you need to do in order to avoid ruining your plants.

TIP! Before you start planting your garden, plan it! It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful. You might end up losing small plants in a large area, because you did not water them.

Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. You can also try to offend the cats sense of smell with orange rinds or mothballs.

TIP! Try “boiling” weeds to get rid of them. A pot of boiling hot water can be one of the most safe weed destroyers.

Don’t mow your grass too short. By leaving your grass a little higher off the ground, it give the roots a chance to grow deep into the soil which makes the lawn stronger, and that helps keep it from drying out. If the grass is too short, it produces shallow roots and that leads to a lawn with brown spots and dried-out patches.

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TIP! If you decide to grow peas, think about planting them indoors when you first start them off, as opposed to planting them outdoors. By initially planting them indoors, the seeds tend to germinate better.

If you have planted vegetables within your garden, make sure that they are getting at least six hours of sunlight each day. Most members of the vegetable family need this minimum of light for proper growth. Some flowers also need six hours of daily direct sun in order to grow and blossom well.

TIP! Scent the grass around your garden with old perfume or discarded aftershave to prevent your dog from wandering into your garden. This can make scents that dogs are attracted to, and make your garden less interesting in general for pets.

If you have a lot of low-growing plants to take care of in your garden, purchase gardening knee pads. Kneeling on the ground as you garden will eventually cause serious discomfort for your knees. You can be more comfortable in the garden with a good pair of gardening knee pads.

TIP! If you want a sustainable garden, leave a part of it undisturbed for wildlife to enjoy. This is a great natural way to allow the insects and animals found in nature to assist with the growth of your garden.

Do you love fresh mint leaves but hate how they quickly grow to take over your garden? You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.

TIP! If you have plants inside, make sure the thermostat stays between 65 and 75 degrees. Young plants need a temperature within that specific range to grow.

Divide irises. If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. If you find any dead irises in your garden, immediately pull up the bulbs. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Replant right away.

TIP! If you choose to use organic methods to care for your houseplants, you should bear in mind that certain plants require more sunlight than others. If your apartment or home does not receive a huge amount of sunlight, you might want to grow plants that adapt to medium and low light environments instead.

Think about putting some berry-producing evergreens into your landscape. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.

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TIP! If you sell or use organically grown produce in a commercial setting, you should communicate your commitment to natural growing by becoming certified. Having certification will increase your sales and verify to your customers that what you are selling is the best produce available.

Having a good wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool makes garden chores a lot easier. It can be very uncomfortable on the knees when working so close to the ground, so a light, portable stool makes horticulture easier. Using a wheelbarrow or wagon to transport heavy loads of dirt will help protect you from back injuries so make sure that you have one.

All you need is a little homework, some work in the outdoors, and some patience. Once your garden starts to thrive, you’ll see that your efforts were all worthwhile.

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