There are many things to consider when striving for beautiful and healthy garden plants. There is much fun and much work involved in gardening. Here are a few tips to make your gardening more fun and less work!
In order not to shock your plants, you have to gradually accustom them to the change of temperature and conditions. The first day you transfer your plants, you should only allow them to sit in direct sunlight for a few hours. Then over the next week, gradually increase the time they are in their new habitat. By the week’s end, your plants should then be ready for the big move!
Pre-soak seeds overnight in a dark place. Drop some seeds into a small glass or other container, and fill it with water. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. The seeds will now have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
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. When grass is cut too low the roots will not grow as deep, and your lawn may suffer from brown patches.
Try dividing the irises. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. Utilize a knife if you are trying to divide rhizomes. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. Each piece needs one strong offshoot. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
Every good gardener knows when the best time is to begin harvesting one vegetable or the other. Individual vegetables have distinct windows of time to pick for getting the greatest flavors. Veggies such as zucchini or baby peas, for instance, taste their best if they get picked young. However, you get better taste out of tomatoes that have been allowed to ripen as much as practical while still on their vine. You should know the proper time to pick vegetables.
To give them a helping hand, pour the water you obtain after steaming vegetables over your plants. To add acidity to the soil of your rhododendrons and gardenias, use coffee or tea grounds. Some types of plant fungus problems can be solved by sprinkling with chamomile tea.
Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Beneficial bugs usually have more sensitivity towards pesticides than bad ones. Therefore, if the number of beneficial bugs drops, the problem with pests can get bigger. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.
Choose one plant to be the focal point. Any great garden design involves using a focal point to grab someone’s attention and keep it there. Usually this focal point is a luscious plant that is distinctly different from the plants and scrubs that surround it.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.