If you daydream about have a thriving garden filled with luscious green plants, colorful flowers and bustling wildlife, you need to consider what is required in order to turn your dream into reality. Gardening takes a lot of effort, planning, time and work, but it can be a great deal of fun. The following hints and tips can reduce the effort and increase the fun!
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Start by placing your plants outside for a few hours only. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. By weeks end, you should have plants that are ready for a permanent home outside with no problem!
Yes, you really have to weed. Weeds can take over a healthy garden faster than you think. To help with the removal, you can use white vinegar. The acid in white vinegar kills weeds. You may also be using plants that need that very same acid. Mix white vinegar and water into a spray bottle instead of pulling the weeds by hand.
Before planting seeds, soak them overnight. Place them in a cupboard or other place where they won’t be exposed to light. Drop your seeds into a small jar that is filled with cold water. The water will hydrate the sends, giving them a head start once you plant them. The seeds will have a better chance of surviving and maturing.
Apply organic mulch generously around your vegetable plants. The mulch will help keep the soil moist for longer periods of time. Mulch will help a lot in preventing weeds from growing. You’ll save a ton of time if you don’t have to constantly pull out weeds.
When it comes to harvesting your vegetables, know when the optimal time is to do so. Individual vegetables have distinct windows of time to pick for getting the greatest flavors. For example, baby peas and zucchini taste best when they are picked young. Tomatoes, however, should be plucked from the vine the moment they appear ripe. Educate yourself about the best time to harvest your veggies.
Give them a boost by watering them with the cooled water that is left after steaming vegetables. Some plants, such as gardenias, azaleas and rhododendrons need acidic soil for proper growth. Increase the acidity of your soil by adding coffee grounds and unused tea bags. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
Heather can be planted to attract useful insects. Bees are attracted to heather, and they can bring a source of nectar early in the spring. Spiders, ground beetles, and other useful insects spend time in undisturbed heather beds. Always remember this, and wear your gardening gloves if you prune your heather!
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.