Horticulture isn’t just a means to adorn your landscaping. There are many benefits that gardening can provide you, besides the satisfaction of seeing your garden looking its best. Gardening can be a meditative activity, one that cements your appreciation of life, and one that even instills the gardener with a sense of peace and tranquility. The harder you work at it, the more benefits gardening will bring you.
When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. A plant that is resistant to disease, or one that is tolerant of extreme weather, will deliver a higher yield.
When winter comes around, save some plants by putting them in the house. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. Remember to be gentle when digging up your plants; carefully dig away from the roots and gently place the plant into a container.
If you’re planning on gardening, carefully watch for stink bugs! You should be particularly careful during Autumn. Stink bugs prefer peppers, beans, tomatoes, and various varieties of fruits. If you do not check, they do a lot of damage to plants so try to get rid of them if you can.
Be diligent in your efforts to banishing weeds! Weeds can turn a beautiful garden into an eyesore. To help you do this, you may want to consider using white vinegar. Yes, white vinegar actually kills weeds! Put some white vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray directly on weeds. If you don’t want to pull weeds out by hand anymore, give vinegar a try.
There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. You could also place something that will cause your cat to go away from your plants, such as citrus peels or mothballs.
Do not cut your grass too short. 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.
Try to have a plan with your garden. It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful. This is also a great way to keep track of all your plants.
As the weather turns colder, it is important to prepare your sensitive shrubs for the change. If you’ve got tender shrubs which are potted, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. Doing this is a lot more effective than wrapping up the plant with plastic because it lets air circulate, which could avoid any rotting.
Using natural materials in the garden will keep pests away. A border of marigolds or onions around your veggies can prevent slugs. Insects also avoid shrubs and trees that are mulched with wood ash. You will be able to stay away from harsh chemical based pesticides by incorporating these techniques into your gardening.
Use the knowledge you have gained here to resuscitate your garden today. When your plants bloom and come alive you will feel tremendous joy and satisfaction. Gardening is a potentially life altering activity, but only if you permit it, so why not start now?