There are many factors involved to achieve the lush and beautiful garden you have always wanted. While gardening is a lot of hard work, it’s a fun way to spend your free time. Here are a few tips to make your gardening more fun and less work!
Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. You can also try to offend the cats sense of smell with orange rinds or mothballs.
Whenever you are planting a veggie garden, it is vital that you place them in a location where sun shines down on them for six or more hours per day. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed. It’s also the same for some types of flowers.
Protect your tender deciduous shrubs. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Try to tie the tops all together and cover them with a sheet, large piece of cloth, or blanket. Doing this is a lot more effective than wrapping up the plant with plastic because it lets air circulate, which could avoid any rotting.
Start a new garden from seeds. Not only is this more of an effective method for gardening, but it’s also more environmentally-friendly. The planters used to hold nursery plants are generally not made from eco-friendly materials, and thus get thrown into landfills. Starting from seeds, or buying from one of the few nurseries that use biodegradable planters, prevents this.
Remember to place a layer of mulch over the soil around your vegetables, approximately 2 inches deep. When you place mulch around your plants, it keeps the ground more moist. It also prevents weed growth. Time and effort will be saved pulling out all the weeds.
To give them a helping hand, pour the water you obtain after steaming vegetables over your plants. Tea and coffee grounds can also serve as acidifiers in the soil of your gardenias or rhododendrons. Chamomile tea applied to plants can be an effective remedy for fungus problems.
If you want to spend more quality time outdoors with your children, why not allowing them to help you with your gardening? Strawberries are a favorite of children due to their sweetness. And since they’re so easy and fun to pick, it’s also a healthy, productive, safe activity that children can assist adults with.
With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.