Gardening is as beneficial on a psychological level as it is on an environmental level. Gardening can help us attain a sense of calm and self-sufficiency that is hard to replicate with other activities. By following the tips in this article, even a novice gardener can quickly progress in developing great gardening skills, as well as, peace of mind.
Knowing the layout of your yard and what kind of soil you have can greatly improve your gardening experience. By knowing this, you can figure out what seeds will work with your current yard or if you need to create a different environment around your planting preferences. Different plants require different nutrients, so plan accordingly.
Take the time to know your soil. Get it analyzed. This will let you know what is in your soil and in what areas the soil may be deficient. You can then buy the missing nutrients to add to your soil which will help maximize your crops! Many local universities that have agriculture departments have the ability to test your soil for a small fee.
When you need to control weed growth, choose your weed killer carefully, and always follow the directions. Many weed killers have chemicals that are harmful to people if they are not applied properly. They are especially harmful to young children if the children play around an area that has recently been treated.
Dishwashing soap can repel insects. If you find insects ravaging your garden, fill a spray bottle with water and add a squirt of dish soap. Spray the foliage of your plants and watch the insects flee. They will leave your garden alone until the soap washes away. Simply reapply as needed.
To get rid of weeds and household junk at the same time, use shredded junk mail as a fertilizer. Take the shredded pieces of mail, wet them, and lay them in your garden. This will prevent weeds from growing on the places where they are laid, and will also help your plants to fight off diseases.
Do not use broad-spectrum pesticides within your garden. In addition, these pesticides destroy the good insects which eat pests. Bugs that are good for your garden tend to be more susceptible to these types of pesticides, and using them could mean an increase in the pests you are actually trying to get rid of. This may then lead to using even more pesticides to eliminate this new problem.
Evergreens are best planted at least four weeks before the ground freezes. This will allow the tree to establish some roots before the soil freezes in the late fall. Evergreens do not drop their leaves in the fall but continue to lose moisture, so it is important to get them in the ground well before the first frost.
Keep a garden journal. The more information you collect about your site, your plants, and successes or failures in the garden, the less likely you are to make costly mistakes in the future. Although there are many resources to guide you, the most important resource is your own experience. Always be sure to record important information, like the name and variety of the plant, the date it was planted, and wherein the garden it is located.
Try planting a ‘one-color’ garden bed. While this takes quite a bit of work, due to the limitations of the color palette, it can create a very striking visual. The emphasis is placed more on shape and structure, and it is especially helpful in a small garden, as it makes the area appear much larger. Remember that ‘one-color’ doesn’t mean a single shade. Use all shades in the color palette. For example, a blue garden can feature flowers in shades of blue, purple, and mauve.
When starting your organic garden, a great tip is to figure out which vegetables you should pick to plant in your garden. Some vegetables are better suited for home germination than others are. Some great vegetables to consider planting include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, peppers, onions, tomatoes, basil, and more.
When lifting heavy things in your garden it is important to protect your back. You should always lift with your knees when you are lifting anything in the garden. If something is very heavy you should ask someone to help you lift it so that you do not cause damage to your back or knees.
When beginning your own organic garden, you should always make sure you moisten your mix that is in the containers before you sow the seeds. If your mix is not moist, it will dry out. This could cause your plant to die before it is given a chance to grow.
If you are new to organic gardening, start with disease-resistant plants. Some plants are just hardier than others and because of this, they will require less maintenance. A plant that survives well on its own will encourage you in continuing your organic gardening practices. Ask at your local garden store, as different varieties are hardy in different areas of the country.
Encourage earthworms in your soil. Earthworms make for healthy soil by eating the soil and thereby aerating it in the process. They also leave behind their castings, or vermicast, which is a great organic nutrient-rich fertilizer. The vermicast also retains water and nutrients better than soil without worms.
If tomato plants are a part of your organic garden, you need to water them properly to ensure maximum productivity. Tomatoes gather all the water they require from their roots; you do not need to water the stems and leaves. Soak tomato beds with water thoroughly about once a week to provide the moisture the plants need.
In conclusion, gardeners approach their hobby from different perspectives and different skill levels. Many are just starting their gardening hobby. Others have been gardening for years. Nonetheless, everyone has room to learn. This is true, regardless of how advanced they are. This article contains some of the guidelines for this learning process.