Learn some tips that can help you grow a much better garden for you, your family, or your business. You can figure out everything you need, so you do not waste money on unnecessary equipment, or the wrong types of seeds for your environment.
Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. Use a permanent marker to label distances. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.
Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. The hearty plants that will grow in a garden with rich soil can resist the bugs and diseases that weak plants can’t withstand. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
Soak your seeds in a dark spot during the overnight hours. Drop some seeds into a small glass or other container, and fill it with water. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. This increases the chances of survival for the seeds.
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. The safest herbicide that you can probably find is a cup of boiling water. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. This can cause enough damage to the roots of any plant to kill it.
Remember to place a layer of mulch over the soil around your vegetables, approximately 2 inches deep. The soil will stay moist thanks to the mulch. It will also prevent weeds from popping up around your plants. You will be able to save the time you would spend watering your plants and pulling out weeds.
Use a plant for a focal point. The best garden designers always use a focal point that draws the eye. Mostly it is a distinctive plant that sets it apart from the neighboring plants and flowers.
To defend your garden from errant dogs, spray something with a strong scent, including aftershave or old perfume around the perimeter of the garden. This helps mask the attractive scents and can make your garden unappealing to them.
It just requires doing research, working a lot outside, and having a lot of patience. Your efforts will be rewarded by a great garden, and the satisfaction of having created something yourself.