Does everyone else’s grass always seem to look greener? Has your neighbor got a secret which makes their garden look so much better than yours? Truthfully, there is no super-secret formula for a gorgeous garden. It just takes knowledge and understanding proper plant care. This article will help you along in the process of learning to care for your garden.
There is no need to purchase a costly chemical if your plants develop powdery mildew. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. Use a spray bottle to apply to your plants weekly until the issue clears up. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.
When partaking in gardening activities, particularly in the autumn months, keep an eye on those stink bugs. Stink bugs are attracted to tomatoes, beans and most fruits. If left unattended, your garden could be ravaged by these bugs, so you need to proactively keep their population under control.
Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. This time, use a pumpkin for the container for your lettuce and kale, instead of plain clay pots. Once you cut an opening at the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides, spray the inside and edges with Wilt-Pruf to keep the pumpkin from rotting. Once you’ve done that, you can plant!
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. It may also work to add citrus peelings or mothballs to the soil of the plants, because the odor is unpleasant to cats.
If your soil has a problem with high alkaline levels, mixing in some coffee grounds that have been used is a great solution. Coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to increase the acid level in your soil. The plants will be healthier, leading to more delicious home-grown veggies.
Be vigilant about keeping moisture off your plants. Excess moisture on a plant will invite unwanted parasites or diseases to the plant. One common organism that thrives on moisture is the fungi family. Be sure to prevent the growth of fungus with a spray that will inhibit their growth.
Place a two inch layer of organic mulch at the base of your tall vegetable plants. Mulch is used to keep extra moisture and provide nutrients for your plants. This method will also prevent weeds. You will save time by not pulling weeds.
Purchase a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool to use in your garden. Working on the ground for long periods of time can be painful on the knees, so a small garden stool can really allow you to work in comfort. Gardening also typically involves transporting bags of topsoil, fertilizer and other heavy items, so using a wheelbarrow to make these tasks easier is a sound investment for your garden, and your back.
As you can see, the suggestions here are easy to follow and rather simple to implement. All it takes is some basic information and then you can set out to apply those ideas within your garden. Focus on the reaction of the plants to your methods. If a method does not provide good results, try other methods. With patience and love you can grow the best garden in your neighborhood.