Every gardener dreams of having a thriving garden. For some, this is a reality, for some it isn’t. If you want to achieve your dream of a beautiful garden, there are a few things to learn. Gardening takes a lot of effort, planning, time and work, but it can be a great deal of fun. This advice will assist with increasing the fun and decreasing the work.
Learn how to properly lay sod. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Get rid of weeds and tilth the soil finely. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Be sure the soil is thoroughly moist. Avoid laying your sod in straight rows with all of the seams lining up. Instead, stagger the rows for a more pleasing visual effect. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Water the sod for two weeks and then you can safely walk on it as it will have had time to properly root.
Always allow your plants to adapt gradually to any changes in light conditions, temperatures or soils, if you do not, you might shock them and cause them to die. Try placing them outside in sunlight for about an hour or maybe two the first day. As the week progresses, gradually increase their exposure to the outdoors. After one week, the plants should be fully acclimated and ready to move outside.
When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. Spray this on your plants once a week until the mildew disappears. This is a natural solution for ridding your plants of mildew safely.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. Soil analysis costs a little money, but the report can inform you how to enrich your soil and open the door to a lush garden. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. Rather than putting standard clay vessels into use when planting crops of lettuce and kale, think about using pumpkins instead. When you have finished cutting and cleaning the pumpkin, spray it with some liquid that will stave off wilting to keep it from rotting. Once you’ve done that, you can plant!
As you cut your grass, do not trim it too low to the ground. If your grass has more height, roots be able to grow more deeply in the soil, which will make for a stronger lawn and will have a higher resistance to drying out. Short grass is more prone to getting dried out and turning brown.
A great garden starts from the seeds and not from the plants. It’s better for the environment to begin from seed. 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.
Interested in using Mother Nature to keep pests at bay the natural way? Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. If you place wood ash around the base portion of a shrub seedling or tree, you will ward off insect pests. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
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.