TIP! Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks.

A garden can provide far more than just decorative appeal. They are not only a simple hobby either. It plays a significant part in a gardener’s life by bringing calmness, accomplishment and a connection to nature. You can really pull off some miracles if you are a good gardener.

Flower Bed

TIP! Let your new seeds soak in a dark spot overnight. Place a couple seeds in each container, then fill it close to full with water.

Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. Biennials and annuals that grow quickly can add color to a flower bed, plus they permit you to modify the way the flower bed looks each season and each year. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.

TIP! Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.

Plants need to take in CO2 to grow and thrive. A high level of CO2 provides an optimum environment for growth. The best way to get a high level is to plant them in a greenhouse. A greenhouse will help maintain a high level of CO2 and cause the plants to grow faster.

TIP! Vegetable plants should be planted where they can benefit from a minimum of six hours of sunlight every day. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed.

If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year. Different bulbs will bloom during different time periods. Therefore, if you select your bulbs correctly, you could have blooms in your garden for all of spring and summer.

TIP! A set of knee pads is a great investment if your garden has a lot of low-growing plants. Weeding, watering and picking through your vegetation can cause a lot of damage to your knees if left unprotected.

If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. Proper sunlight is a prerequisite for proper growth. This is true for flowers as well.

TIP! A quality garden must be grown from seeds. Not only is this more of an effective method for gardening, but it’s also more environmentally-friendly.

Make sure air can circulate around your plants, and keep leaves moisture-free. Parasites are attracted to the moisture on plants. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom is fungi. Fungicidal spray treatments can contain fungi, but spraying prior to problems even developing in the first place is the best way to go about it.

TIP! Surround your vegetable plants with organic mulch, a few inches worth. Mulch will retain water so that you won’t have to water your plants as often.

Be aware of the optimum time frame for harvesting vegetables. Different vegetables have different, ideal times that they should be picked for best flavor. 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. Take some time to learn about the best harvest time for the vegetables that you have growing.

Spectrum Pesticides

TIP! In the middle of the day the vegetables have softened, which means they are easily damaged. You should also be sure to cut them off the vine and not twist them, as twisting can hurt the plant.

When gardening, avoid the use of strong broad-spectrum pesticides. While broad-spectrum pesticides will kill most pests, they will also kill helpful insects. In fact, beneficial insects are more likely to die than pests if you spray these types of pesticides. As the population of “good” bugs dwindles, your garden may become overrun with pests. This can cause you to actually use more pesticides than you originally needed to combat the problem.

TIP! Do not rush planting seeds in your garden. The first step is to moisturize the soil.

Some people use gardening as a source of relaxation. Many hobbies can help you to relax and attain inner peace. Horticulture is one of the easiest ways to attain this. Horticulture does not require a lot of dollars to start, and yields tremendous benefits. Of course the highest return is the peace you will feel from having some time alone in your garden and growing your own plants.

TIP! When a seed actually sprouts, it doesn’t need to be in as warm an environment. Remove plants from the heated environment once they begin growing.

Use the tips you just read to revitalize your garden with your new found green thumb. When your plants are blooming and alive, you will be so glad you did. Horticulture is something that can change your life, if only you will let it, so get to it.

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