Use this article to find some ideas on how to grow a better garden this year. You can determine what you need, so that you don’t waste time and money on equipment you don’t need, or the wrong kinds of seeds.
The first thing you can do to ward off garden pests is to ensure you are using healthy soil in your garden. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. High-quality soil that is low on chemicals is key. It’s the first thing you should think about when planning on growing your garden.
Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. Known commonly as climbers, these plants are very versatile, easy to grow, and they will quickly spread out to cover up walls and fences within a single season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. Trusted variations of climbers are honeysuckle, jasmine, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses.
For flowers throughout the spring and the summer, be sure to plant some bulbs. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Different varieties of bulbs flower at varied times and if you make the right choices you can have blossoms from early spring through late summer.
Keep your fragile shrubs protected from the winter weather. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees, you should consider protecting them, especially if they do best in warm environments. Try to tie the tops all together and cover them with a sheet, large piece of cloth, or blanket. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Fertilizer in the garden is a must. Manure helps your plants grow. Make sure you use a product that is commercially composted so you don’t risk adding pathogens to your garden. There are numerous types of fertilizers available. What type you select is less of a concern; any kind of fertilizer is better than none.
There are several all-natural ways to keep pests out of your garden, including certain plants. Slugs are repelled by bordering your vegetable garden with either onions or marigolds. You can also prevent insect pests by using wood ash like mulch around your trees and shrubs. Natural materials and plants can be just as effective as chemical pesticides at keeping unwanted visitors out of your garden!
Think about starting your peas indoors rather than planting them directly in the garden. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. Seeds grown indoors are much more resistant to diseases and damage done by pests. Transplant them outside when they are fully established and able to thrive.
You must do a bit of research, enjoy working outside a good deal of the time, and have lots of patience. When you see your garden flourish, you will feel a satisfying sense of accomplishment.