Learn some of the tips included in this article so you can make a garden that everyone can enjoy. You can determine what you need, so that you don’t waste time and money on equipment you don’t need, or the wrong kinds of seeds.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
If you have problems keeping the dog out of the garden, spray things like aftershave, perfume or other scents on the grass surrounding the garden. This helps mask the attractive scents and can make your garden unappealing to them.
Start brand new plants by using cuttings from existing plant roots. The roots are dormant in the winter, so that is when they should be cut. Cut off the thickest, longest roots of the plant with a sharp knife. Trim each root to a length of two inches. Fill a tray of seeds with grit and moist peat and put the cuttings of the roots on it. Cover the roots with some grit and peat, make sure it is just a thin layer. Keep this in a cool setting, and in about one month, you will start to see new seedlings. Plant the seedlings separately in small containers until they are large enough to be planted outdoors.
Don’t cut your grass too short! By leaving your grass a little higher off the ground, it give the roots a chance to grow deep into the soil which makes the lawn stronger, and that helps keep it from drying out. If you keep your lawn too short, the roots will not go deep enough to survive in case of a heat wave.
Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. If you would like, go ahead and plant the container and the plant right in the ground to prevent root overtake.
Water is crucial to a healthy, beautiful garden. Your plants need it to survive. When the temperature is especially hot, plants can become dried out very quickly. Regular watering will help to ensure a healthy, beautiful garden.
Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly. Some flowers are especially sun-loving as well.
Your plants should always be kept in an aerated, dry area. Excess moisture on a plant will invite unwanted parasites or diseases to the plant. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. You can control fungi with the application of fungicide sprays. However, the area should be treated before you see the onset of any problems.
Take the time to remove weeds. Weeds can take a promising garden and turn it into a shell of its potential. White vinegar can be a good solution. Yes, white vinegar actually kills weeds! Use a spray bottle full of white vinegar and you won’t have to use your hands.
All you need is a little homework, some work in the outdoors, and some patience. This work will show when you see all of your plants grow!