Gardening can seem like too much to learn, but if you do a little research, it doesn’t end up seeming so hard. Now that you’ve read through these tips, you are more informed about gardening, so you can hone your skills and turn into a wonderful gardener.
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.
Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Place some seeds into a small container, then fill it with water until it is almost to the top. This will hydrate your seeds and it will cause them to grow faster. This way, the seeds you have planted will have some chance of growing.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Most vegetables that can be grown need that much sun to grow well and quickly. This is the same for many varieties of flowers.
Start a new garden from seeds. When starting a new garden, the most environmentally friendly way is to start from seed. Many nurseries use plastic growing pots that are very seldom recycled. Try buying from organic nurseries and farms so your garden is not using anti-environmental products.
Interested in using Mother Nature to keep pests at bay the natural way? A border of marigolds or onions around your veggies can prevent slugs. Wood ash used as mulch helps repel pests as well when around shrubs and trees. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
Place at least an inch of mulch that is organic in with your veggies! When you place mulch around your plants, it keeps the ground more moist. It will also prevent weeds from growing. You will be able to save the time you would spend watering your plants and pulling out weeds.
The prevent your dog from trampling through your garden, spray some old aftershave, perfume or other heavily scented things on the grass around your plants. This covers up the smells that bring dogs to gardens in the first place, which means dogs are less likely to enter the garden.
Heather can bring helpful critters into your garden. Heather is very attractive to bees, and when bees first emerge in the spring, it is an early source of nectar. Beds of heather are largely undisturbed and make a perfect living space for spiders, beetles and a variety of other beneficial tenants. If you choose to employ the use of heather, always make sure to throw on a pair of gloves during the pruning process.
Not as difficult as you thought, right? As with many other subjects, there is a ton of advice out there for every aspect of gardening. Sometimes, if you figure out where to begin, it’s easy to “jump right in”. Follow our tips to start happily on your way.