Why not learn something new about becoming a better gardener? By using these tips, you will be able to better understand the basics so that you do not purchase unnecessary items, or plants that will not grow in your climate.
Choose the varieties of plants that will produce a higher yield. A hybrid designed for your weather, and resistant to local diseases, will give a better yield than non-hybrids.
Analyze the soil before you even get started with working in a garden. For a small fee, a soil analysis can be obtained – based on that report – the soil can be properly enriched to support a vibrant garden. It is worth having this information so that crops do not get ruined. Most Cooperative Extension offices provide this service.
When fall is here, you need to plant autumn edibles. If you’d like to change things up a bit this season, put away your standard clay pots and plant your lettuce and kale inside of a pumpkin instead! Use some Wilt-Pruf to prevent your pumpkin from decomposing and then you can put your plants right inside. After that, your pumpkin planter is ready to use!
Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your garden will repel slugs. Wood ash used as mulch helps repel pests as well when around shrubs and trees. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
Two items you need to invest in when working in a garden are a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool. In order to relieve stress on your knees when gardening, always use a small garden stool to be more comfortable. Also, gardening can involve a lot of heavy lifting and moving items, therefore a robust wheelbarrow can make that aspect much easier.
Familiarize yourself with the optimum harvesting time of your vegetables. Every type of vegetable has a different moment of ripeness. For instance, peas and zucchinis are tastiest when picked young. Tomatoes, in contrast, taste better the longer they are allowed to ripen on the vine. Take some time to learn about the best harvest time for the vegetables that you have growing.
Vegetables are softest during the warmest hours of each day, so picking them then, no matter how gently, runs the risk of damage. Also ensure that you use a tool to cut the vegetables off at the vine. If you just yank or twist the whole plant, it may become damaged.
If you want to get children in on the fun, plant a few strawberries, everbearing if possible. Kids delight in the idea of growing things and seeing how things change over time. Explain every step to your child and he or she will hang on to your every word.
You just need to do some research, work outdoors, and have patience. Once you see the garden you’ve created, you’ll know all your efforts were worthwhile.