A garden is not just something you do to decorate. It is not just an aimless pasttime for the hobbyist with a green thumb. A garden provides the person who has put time into it a way of finding tranquility, peace, and a feeling of appreciation of life. You will improve your skills and feel closely connected to your garden.
Start your plant in pots before you plant them in your garden. Your plants will be more likely to survive if you do this. It also helps you make your planting times more frequent. As soon as you harvest the mature plants in your garden, your new seedlings will be large enough to plant outside!
Put sod down the right way. Start by preparing your soil with care. Do some weeding if necessary, then break the soil until it is no longer packed. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Thoroughly moisten the soil. When laying down sod, create staggered rows with offset joints. The sod should form a flat and firm surface. Fill in gaps with soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
When dealing with any type of seeds in gardening, it’s important that you soak them overnight in a cool, dark location. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. This will give your seeds a good start by making sure they have plenty of water, which they need to sprout. The young plants will survive better, and get a boost toward maturity.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. 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.
Both cat grass and wheat grass are good for giving your errant feline pause. 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.
Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. A permanent marker can be used to label distances. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
Do you want fresh mint leaves without having to worry about them growing too quickly? You can control their growth by placing them into a pot or container. If you would like, go ahead and plant the container and the plant right in the ground to prevent root overtake.
Use the advice given to you and turn your garden into a wonderland. You will be glad you did when your garden is full of thriving and blooming plants. Horticulture can help change your way of life, only if you will allow it.
Interested in using Mother Nature to keep pests at bay the natural way? A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables. Marigolds would do this trick as well. Wood ash used as mulch helps repel pests as well when around shrubs and trees. Doing these things can ensure that you do not need potentially harmful chemicals.