Have you noticed that the grass literally seems greener on your fence’s other side? You may suspect that your neighbor is employing some trick you do not know in their garden. The truth is that there is no gardening “secret”. Once you learn some basic rules to follow, you will be ready to plant your own garden. Begin your search for gardening knowledge with the tips below and get ready to develop an even greener thumb.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
Use biennials and annuals to add color to your flower beds. Fast-growing annuals and biennials can brighten up a flower bed, and allow you to change the look from season to season and year to year. You can use them between the gaps in shrubs and perennials where there is plenty of sun. Some flowers you can use are rudbekia, petunias, cosmos, marigolds, or sunflowers.
When winter arrives, you could save some plants by placing them inside your house. You may be able to save your most resistant or expensive plants. Dig around roots carefully before transferring to a pot.
Be sure to do some weeding on a regular basis. Weeds can take over a healthy garden faster than you think. White vinegar can be a good solution. The acid in white vinegar kills weeds. You may also be using plants that need that very same acid. By placing a white vinegar solution in a spray bottle, you can spray the weeds away instead of having to pull them out manually.
You can plant wheat grass or cat grass near the plants that the cat eats. You can also try to offend the cats sense of smell with orange rinds or mothballs.
Get a wheelbarrow, and a stool so that you can kneel down while gardening. Working in the garden means you’ll be down on the ground a lot. This can cause knee pain, so if you have a stool, you’ll have an easier time. Also having a garden usually requires moving heavy dirt and objects, so investing in a wheelbarrow is a very sound investment.
Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. These helpful bugs are usually more sensitive to the chemicals than the pests, so if you find yourself in a situation where the good bugs are dying out, you can expect the pest problem to grow. If you respond to the growing pest problem with more broad-spectrum pesticide, you only continue the harmful cycle.
The advice in this article shouldn’t be difficult to understand and learn from. All you have to do is implement what you have just learned. Just be sure to keep a close eye on your plants and see how they respond to the various methods you apply to them. If one method does not deliver good results, try the next one. With patience and attention, your garden will become a source of pride for you and your neighborhood.