There is quite a bit to learn if your goal is to have a healthy and wonderful garden. If you go in without knowing what you’re doing, you’ll be putting in a lot of hard work for nothing. You’ll never experience the fun that comes with gardening. Here are some tips for making it less work and more fun!
Properly put down your sod. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Thoroughly weed the soil, and work it into a fine, smooth tilth. Gently compact the soil until it is flattened. The soil should be adequately moistened. You should lay your sod staggered, and have the joints offset. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.
Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
One way to correct your soil’s alkalinity is by amending your soil with used coffee grounds. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. The greens and vegetables need the proper balance and will grow bigger and stronger with the right mix.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. This way, when the sprouts start shooting up, you can recall where you planted each plant. With a plan, you will also be less likely to lose track of small groups or individual plants within a large and ambitious garden.
Be vigilant about keeping moisture off your plants. Moisture can be a magnet for disease and parasites on your plants. Fungus infections are common in overly moist plants. It is possible to get rid of fungi after it appears with anti-fungal sprays, but it’s better to spray at-risk areas before fungi appear.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. You will be able to stay away from harsh chemical based pesticides by incorporating these techniques into your gardening.
Strawberries are a good organic garden choice for families with strawberries, particularly everbearing strawberries. Children will be more willing to help you if they can pluck their own fruit from the garden.
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.