Tending a garden is a relaxing past-time that can also serve as therapy. Knowing the type of soil, equipment, and when you should plant the seeds are common gardening questions. This article contains key pieces of advice for those interested in horticulture.
You can spray scents such as after-shave and cologne around your garden to deter your dog. This kind of scent is going to mask the scents your dog is attracted to. If your dog has no interesting smell to follow, the garden will not be a tempting place.
A green garden needs to begin with seeds, not plants. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Most nurseries use a lot of plastic that is not recycled. If you want to buy plants, find a nurseries that uses organic methods or grow your plants from seeds.
Make sure you read instructions on products and tools before using them. If you use your gardening chemicals wrong, you can abrade or even burn your skin. Stick to the rules and safeguard your health.
Know the ideal times to harvest each of the vegetables you plant. Different veggies have different windows of time in which they should be picked; it is during this period that the vegetable is most flavorful. For instance, for the best flavor, zucchini and baby peas should be picked when they are young. Tomatoes, in contrast, taste better the longer they are allowed to ripen on the vine. Research the best time to pick your produce.
Broad-spectrum pesticide is not a good garden choice. These strong pesticides are non-selective, killing beneficial insects as well as 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. In the end, you may resort to using even more pesticides in order to erase the problem.
During the day, when the weather is hot, vegetables tend to be softer, which causes them to be damaged even if you gently pick them. Twisting could cause plant damage, so ensure that produce is removed by cutting only.
Prior to working in the garden, make sure any cuts on your hands heal completely, or shield any cuts from contact with chemicals and dirt. Cuts that are infiltrated by soil or other substances have the potential to breed serious infections. Look for newer bandages which are able to completely seal your cut.
Take the time needed to plant your seeds. You should start by moisturizing the soil. Next, you should evenly distribute the seeds ensuring that each one has enough room to grow. Look at how big the seeds are, multiply that by three, and plant them down into the earth accordingly. Certain types of seeds should simply be dropped on top of the soil due to needing sunlight for growth.
Protecting the garden with a good fence should be the absolute first step when you finally begin. You can use a thick shrub, decorative border or a fence to keep large animals away from your plants.
Water your plants with some rainwater to be a ‘green’ gardener. You can collect the rainwater in a barrel or other container. This will lessen your water bill, and help you use more natural resources. Bear in mind this tip to have a chemical-free garden while saving money.
Every garden can benefit from a planting calendar. This will tell you what you need to plant each season. This can prepare you early so that you know what you should buy and when. Your planting calendar could be written on paper, or you can also have a computer program to make one.
To help create new plants, use root cuttings. The roots should be cut in winter when they are dormant. You can use a sharp kitchen knife to cut the thickest roots. Cut each root into pieces that are two inches in length. Put the sections on top of a blend of grit and damp peat, in a seed tray. Place a light layer of the grit and peat mixture on top of it. Wait a month after you put it in a colder place and you’ll get new seedlings. Plant these seedlings into their own little pots until they’re large enough to be planted in the ground.
You should plant larger plants in the fall. This will allow strong root development. Since the ground is still warm compared to the air temperature and the plants do not have leaves to grow and support it, their resources will be concentrated in the root system, thus creating a strong foundation.
As this article indicates, gardening is a relaxing and gratifying hobby, as long as you have the proper knowledge. When you implement good advice and carefully plan your garden, you’ll reap many rewards. By taking the tips given and preparing what you need in advance, you will find yourself with a beautiful garden in no time.