A garden is not just something you do to decorate. It is not just an aimless pasttime for the hobbyist with a green thumb. It is something someone can do to add tranquility and peace to his or her house, as well as a way to appreciate life itself. The effects can be profound, especially if you have any talent at it.
Always allow your plants to adapt gradually to any changes in light conditions, temperatures or soils, if you do not, you might shock them and cause them to die. On the first day, place them in the sun outside for only an hour or so. Over a week, increase the time outside slowly. When the week is done, your plants will be ready for the big move without any problems.
Use your tool handles as rulers in the garden. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. Use a permanent marker to label distances. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. It’s a good idea to save any expensive plants or those that will thrive in indoor heat. Carefully dig up the plants, using caution not to disturb the roots, then transfer into a pot.
Bulbs are a great option for people who want to enjoy spring and summer flowers. Bulbs are hardy, easy to grow into flowers, and will blossom for several years. Different bulbs will bloom during different time periods. Therefore, if you select your bulbs correctly, you could have blooms in your garden for all of spring and summer.
Try growing wheat grass or cat grass in the area of the plants your cat wants to eat. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.
If your soil is highly alkaline, try mixing used coffee grounds into the soil. The coffee grounds provide a cheap way to re-supply needed acid to the dirt. This solution will make the vegetables you grow healthier and more flavorful.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. Any vessel of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the plants you want to keep. If you pour the water near your plants, it will kill the roots.
Your plants should always be kept in an aerated, dry area. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Apply these tips to make your garden a beautiful oasis. You will be glad you did when your garden is full of thriving and blooming plants. Gardening can have profound effects within many areas of your life if you take the steps to embrace it. So grab your gardening gear, and get to work.