If you dream of having green, beautiful, and healthy plants in your very own garden, there are lots of things you should probably think about in order to achieve that goal. Gardening can require a large amount of ongoing work, although many find it to be fun, rewarding and even therapeutic. Some basic tips will help make your work more efficient, making both the process and result more fun.
It is important to choose the right type of soil if you want to achieve the best results. Depending on what kind of plants you want in your garden, the soil might or might not be adapted. It’s also possible to make a fabricated area that contains only one type of soil.
You must be sure to remove all of the weeds that grow in your garden. Unwanted weeds fight for the same nutrients that more desirable plants do, and they also are unsightly. A simple tool that is useful in removing weeds is white vinegar. Use it instead of chemical solutions to kill weeds. By placing a white vinegar solution in a spray bottle, you can spray the weeds away instead of having to pull them out manually.
Bulbs will give you wonderful flowers that you can enjoy in early spring and right through the summer. Since bulbs are easy to grow and resistant to poor weather conditions, they will grow without fail year after year. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.
Boiling away unwanted weeds is an odd, but productive method used in many gardens. A pot of boiling hot water can be one of the most safe weed destroyers. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. Boiling water will actually hurt the roots, and it will prevent the weeds from growing.
A green garden needs to begin with seeds, not plants. As a green-friendly gardener, you always want to use seeds to start your new plot. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
Be aware of the optimum time frame for harvesting vegetables. Each veggie has its own prime time for harvesting. Baby peas, for example have much better flavor if they are harvested early in the ripening process, as does zucchini. However, tomatoes should be as ripe as they can be when pulled from the vine to ensure the best taste. So, make sure you do some research, and find out when the best time to harvest your vegetables is.
When tending a vegetable garden, you might find that pest control is a bit difficult. It is important not to use harmful chemical agents, because you are growing produce that is intended to be eaten. Research the methods available for eliminating garden pests organically. If you catch them early, you can take them off the plants by hand.
Avoid using broad-spectrum pesticides in your garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. In fact, beneficial insects are more likely to die than pests if you spray these types of pesticides. As the population of “good” bugs dwindles, your garden may become overrun with pests. You will need even more pesticides to deal with the problem, and it will never really go away.
If you want your garden to be off-limits to your dog, spray a scented perimeter around it using things like old perfumes or aftershave. This can make scents that dogs are attracted to, and make your garden less interesting in general for pets.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.