For a healthy lush garden, you will need more than a green thumb. It may feel as if your neighbor is performing some kind of magic to make their yard look so good. The truth is that there is no gardening “secret”. All you need is some knowledge on the proper care of your garden’s plants. Begin your search for horticulture knowledge with the tips below and get ready to develop an even greener thumb.
Starting a garden with the best soil is a great defense mechanism against pests. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. For the most vigorous and healthy plants, start with high-quality soil, and stay away from chemicals. These can accumulate salts over time.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. Some climbers you plant will have to be tied off and supported, but others have no problem attaching themselves to any surface using their tendrils or twining stems Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
Keep an eye open for stink bugs in your garden, especially during the fall months. Stink bugs like to eat beans, peppers, tomatoes, and all sorts of fruit. If not taken care of, these pests can damage the garden, so take steps to cut down their population.
There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. You can put something over the soil which surrounds the plants which has a bad smell to cats to deter them.
Do you enjoy fresh mint leaves though hate how they grow so fast and take over your entire garden? Try to keep your mint in a container in your garden to stop their rampage. Plant the container in the ground, but its walls will hold those roots captive, and will prevent the plant from engulfing your garden!
An excellent garden shouldn’t begin from plants. They should begin from seeds. When starting a new garden, the most environmentally friendly way is to start from seed. Plastic used in nurseries normally end up in landfills. For an garden that helps the environment, plant seeds directly in the garden’s soil or purchase plants grown in organic packaging.
Fertilize your garden. Manure is a great garden additive, but it is important that you choose a manure that has been composted commercially so that there is less of a risk of pathogens. You can choose from many different fertilizers. Do not worry about the kind of fertilizer you end up using but definitely put down something.
Using pest-resistant plants or natural materials in your garden is a good way to keep pests away. Onions and marigolds can get rid of pests in the garden. Insects can be deterred if you use wood ash instead of mulch around trees and shrub seedlings. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
It is important to follow the instructions on your chemicals and tools closely, especially if you are new to horticulture. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful. Keep yourself safe and always follow instructions.
Having a good wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool makes garden chores a lot easier. Working in the garden means you’ll be down on the ground a lot. This can cause knee pain, so if you have a stool, you’ll have an easier time. Using a wheelbarrow or wagon to transport heavy loads of dirt will help protect you from back injuries so make sure that you have one.
It’s pretty easy to see that these tips don’t require too much effort to follow. Once you have a good grasp of the basics, then you are ready to put these ideas into motion in your own garden. Monitor your plants carefully to assess whether you are getting the results you want from certain techniques or approaches. If your thumb turns out to be brown rather than green, take corrective action. Be patient and eventually you’ll have a garden that your neighbors will envy.