Gardening can be a rewarding pastime and can bring many benefits. Whether veggies or flowers are your passion, the very act of creating a garden is immensely rewarding. Think of this article as a helpful guide to making the most out of your garden.
Don’t bother with expensive chemicals if your plants start to sport powdery mildew. The best solution is mixing baking soda, a drop of liquid dish detergent and water together in a spray bottle. Then, spray this mixture onto all of your infected plants once each week till the mildew is gone. Baking soda will bring no damage to your plants, and will treat the mildew in a gentle and efficient manner.
Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.
A great garden starts from the seeds and not from the plants. The environmentally conscious way to start a new garden is to start with seeds. Very few nurseries recycle the plastics that they use as containers for their plants, so the majority of these containers are thrown away and dumped in landfills. Therefore, it is better for the environment to plant a garden with seeds or to find a nursery that packages its plants using organic materials.
Choose a plant as a focal point. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. Usually this focal point is a luscious plant that is distinctly different from the plants and scrubs that surround it.
You can spray scents such as after-shave and cologne around your garden to deter your dog. Your dog will be less attracted to your garden when these scents overpower compost scents and other smells dogs like.
In order to bring in good insects to your garden, you need to plant heather. Heather attracts bees, and when they come out in the spring, this provides an early nectar source. Heather beds are also attractive to bugs such as spiders and ground beetles that will kill pests. Always remember this, and wear your gardening gloves if you prune your heather!
You probably know just how rewarding horticulture can be. Whether it is the beauty of flowers or the fresh vegetables, the benefits are evident and never ending. If you heed these suggestions, you can enjoy gardening more than ever.