Gather some ideas for planning your garden, whether it will be for home or commercial use. You can have a good idea on what you need, this way you aren’t spending money on equipment you do not need, or on seeds that will not work in your environment.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. To make working in clay easier, rub the shovel with floor or car wax and then buff it with a cloth. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Look for the variants of a plant that offer the highest yield. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.
If you have any mildew on the plants, do not go out and buy anything. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. Use a spray bottle to apply to your plants weekly until the issue clears up. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.
Analyze the soil before you even get started with working in a garden. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
If you’re like many gardeners, autumn means that it’s time to get some delicious fall edibles growing in your garden. Rather than using clay pots or planters for your lettuce and kale, plant them in a pumpkin! Clean out the pumpkin just like you would if you were making a jack o’lantern. Spray Wilt-Pruf inside the pumpkin and along its edges so that the pumpkin won’t rot. Once you’ve done that, you can plant!
Pre-soak seeds overnight in a dark place. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. This way, the seeds will have a much better shot at survival once they are planted.
You can alleviate this problem by planting grasses that your cat will naturally gravitate towards. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. Any vessel of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. Just douse the weeds directly with boiling water, taking care to avoid damaging nearby plants. Boiling water kills weeds by destroying their roots. Weeds won’t be able to survive, never mind grow, with damaged weeds.
Mint leaves are wonderful, but don’t you despise how quickly they can take over a garden due to rapid growth? You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. By using a separate containment unit, you are limiting the plant’s ability to spread its roots and subsequently grow like wildfire. You can even plant the entire pot so that it still looks just like another plant in your garden.
An excellent garden shouldn’t begin from plants. They should begin from seeds. When you grow a new garden, start the environmental way, from seeds. The plastic used in nurseries often end up in landfills, that is why it is advised to use seeds or purchase from nurseries that make use of organic materials when packaging their plants.
All you need is a little homework, some work in the outdoors, and some patience. Your efforts will be rewarded by a great garden, and the satisfaction of having created something yourself.