Gardening isn’t just fun; it also has many practical benefits. Whether you decide to grow a flower garden or plant some fresh herbs, you’ll find that tending to your plants is incredibly fulfilling. The information below provides a little advice and a few pointers when it comes to both your garden, and the act of growing.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Just run some measuring tape right on the floor next to the handles. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. When the need arises to measure something while in your garden, the measuring tool you need will literally be “on hand,” sketched into the handles of your tools.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.
If you want to keep your garden free of pests, start with healthy soil! Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. Healthy, rich soil with fewer chemicals will increase the yield of your plants, and reduce accumulated salts.
When gardening, be watchful of stink bugs, particularly in the fall. Fruits, peppers and tomatoes are among the foods they love to eat. If left unattended, your garden could be ravaged by these bugs, so you need to proactively keep their population under control.
Prior to planting a garden, think through what you want to do. That way, if you see your plants beginning to bud but can’t recall what they are, you can refer back to your plan to refresh your memory. You might end up losing small plants in a large area, because you did not water them.
Split up irises. Overgrown clumps of irises can be divided up to increase your numbers of this lovely flower. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. You can split the Rhizomes production by cutting off thin portions from the exterior and discarding the remaining insides. Each piece should have at least one strong offshoot. Replant your new rhizome pieces as soon as you have finished the cuttings.
Make sure to fertilize your garden. Manure can be effective, though you should use products which minimize pathogens. Of all the fertilizing options available, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose as long as you use something.
You probably know just how rewarding gardening can be. For flower gardening, the beauty alone is rewarding. Vegetable gardening adds economic, culinary and health rewards. If you use the advice from this article, you will see the benefits taken to the next level.