Gardening makes you able to harvest fresh fruits and vegetables from your very own yard instead of driving to the store. There is nothing better than fresh picked tomatoes on a salad or the entire salad right from the garden. Use the common sense advice in the article below to ensure a bountiful harvest.
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Mix some baking soda and a very small amount of liquid soap into water. Once weekly, spray this mixture to the affected areas of your plants, and the mildew should be eliminated shortly. Baking soda will bring no damage to your plants, and will treat the mildew in a gentle and efficient manner.
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.
Plants need ample amounts of CO2 to reach their maximum growth. Typically, the higher the levels of carbon dioxide present in a plant’s environment, the better it will grow. Greenhouses typically provide plants with high levels of CO2. Higher CO2 levels can provide optimal conditions for growing plants.
Bulbs will give you wonderful flowers that you can enjoy in early spring and right through the summer. Bulbs are hearty and will continue to grow every year. Different varieties of bulbs flower at varied times and if you make the right choices you can have blossoms from early spring through late summer.
A simple way to lower the alkaline content of your soil is to dilute it with coffee grounds. This affordable trick will give back the acid that your dirt requires. The greens and vegetables need the proper balance and will grow bigger and stronger with the right mix.
Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. Moisture on plants is sure to attract disease and parasites. An example of a common plant parasite is fungi. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Irises should be divided. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. Replant your new rhizome pieces as soon as you have finished the cuttings.
Place a two inch layer of organic mulch at the base of your tall vegetable plants. The mulch will add beneficial moisture to your soil. It will also prevent weeds from growing. Every gardener can appreciate pulling fewer weeds.
It is particularly important for new gardeners to read and follow instructions that come with tools, as well as chemicals. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful. For your own safety, take the time to read and follow the instructions.
As you have seen, it is easy to grow tasty vegetables and fruits in your own garden. Making meals with your own fresh produce will mean dining memories you are proud of. Apply these tips to make your garden the best it can be.