Why not learn something new about becoming a better gardener? With just a little research, you can make a gardening plan that will get you exactly the results you’re looking for without wasting your time or your money.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. To make the clay soft so you aren’t working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.
Choose higher yield plant varieties. In most circumstances, a cold-tolerant or disease-resistant hybrid will have a higher yield when compared to a more traditional variety.
When winter arrives, you can save some plants by placing them in your home. Maybe you’d like to save the most expensive plants you have or the most resistant. Be careful not to damage the root system as you dig up the plant, and place it in a pot.
If you want your garden full of flowers spring through summer, plant bulbs. Bulbs are easy to grow and hearty, and they keep growing in years to come. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.
Give them a boost by watering them with the cooled water that is left after steaming vegetables. Add coffee grounds or tea leaves to the soil of acid-loving plants like rhododendron and gardenia. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. It’s true these pesticides kill the pests you don’t want, but they also lay waste to the advantageous insects that make those same pests a regular meal. Beneficial bugs are usually several orders more sensitive to the things you spray than the pests you are trying to kill, so you might wind up dropping the good bug populace and open the door to pest population growth. This can cause you to actually use more pesticides than you originally needed to combat the problem.
Garden for fall colors. It’s not necessary to think this way, however. When it comes to vivid foliage, autumn offers the best opportunity to view it. Maple trees, Dogwood, and Beech trees exist in lots of Fall colors that range from deep crimson to yellow. There are practically as many types of shrubs chosen for their fall colors are there are gardeners! Barberry, hydrangea and cotoneaster are particularly popular choices.
Use smarts when watering your garden. A soaker hose is a great way to water all of the plants at once, and will save you a lot of time. Lower your water pressure on the soaker hose to avoid harming tender plants. Give it a few hours to water the plants so you have schedule freedom to tend to other matters.
You just need to do some research, work outdoors, and have patience. Your efforts will pay off when you experience the joy of watching something that you created grow.