Some people believe that growing a garden is difficult, but with the proper information, you can have a great garden of your own. All it takes to become a skilled gardener is a bit of education. The tips from this article can show you everything you need to know about becoming a master gardener.
Choose plants that will give you the most yield at harvest time. It is quite common to find that hybrids, which are often able to resist disease and withstand cold climates, produce yields much larger than their conventional counterparts.
Utilize your garden tool handles as convenient makeshift rulers. Tools that can be used for more than one task are quite handy to own. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. Now when you go to work in the garden, you will have a ruler that is large at your fingertips!
Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
If you see mildew that is powdery, stay away from expensive chemicals to treat it. Put a little baking soda and some dish soap in water. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. Baking soda will bring no damage to your plants, and will treat the mildew in a gentle and efficient manner.
Be sure to get rid of the weeds growing in your garden. Weeds can take a promising garden and turn it into a shell of its potential. A clever way to accomplish this is with the help of some white vinegar. White vinegar can not only kill the weeds, it’s also a non-toxic spray that won’t harm pets or people. Apply it full strength to any areas where weeds are a problem.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. Pour boiling water on any weeds, but be careful not to spill it on plants you want to keep. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
Try to avoid direct sun exposure when you are gardening during the day; wear protective clothing. Wear sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and sunblock. Utilizing the correct sun protection makes it less likely that sunburn will occur and decreases the chance that skin cancer will develop.
As was mentioned previously, all you really need is a bit of understanding the basics to see that gardening is not as hard as it seems. Creating a beautiful garden will be a cinch for you after reading this article and following the tips provided.