Does your neighbor's garden put yours to shame? You may suspect that your neighbor is employing some trick you do not know in their garden. In truth, having a great looking garden does not require any secret techniques. A little education is all you need to get better at gardening. You can start to increase your gardening knowledge today by reading the information below.
The handles on your gardening tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Mark the measurements with a permanent marker. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. You can save the ones you spent the most money on or the ones that are resistant. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.
Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. Some varieties of these plants will have to be tethered to some sort of support, but other varieties will be able to attach to the medium they are climbing. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.
Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. Moisture on the surface of a plant can attract parasites, and cause disease. Fungi are parasites that are common in the plant world. There are many effective fungicide products that will prevent fungi growth and clear up any existing problems as well.
Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. Drop your seeds into a small jar that is filled with cold water. The idea here is for your seeds to become fully hydrated by the time they hit the dirt. Seeds that are grown in this way have a higher survival and maturity rate.
Carefully plan your garden first. This is a good way to remember which plants have been planted in each area before they grow. You can also avoid losing the smaller plants, or in larger gardens, the small plant groups.
Hopefully, the reasons for organic gardening's wide appeal are now clear. It provides so much opportunity for relaxation in a soothing environment and so much reward when the garden flourishes. These tips will help you get your organic garden started.