Very few things are as rewarding as gardening. Seeing a plant grow from seed to a mature plant is fun and fulfilling. By reading the following tips, you can gain new insight into your garden and expand your techniques. Even the most basic of actions can produce satisfactory and noticeable results.
Consider using your car to dry your home-grown herbs. Simply lay a sheet of newspaper across the backseat and spread out your herbs on it, then roll up the windows. Your herbs will dry quickly in the low-humidity heat of your car, and the interior of your car will have a fresh, herbal scent.
To protect your crops from being ravaged by pests such as deer and other nuisance animals, be sure to fence your garden securely. A good fence will also keep other people from trampling your crops, or worse, stealing them. If you have burrowing pests like gophers, you may want to use raised beds for your vegetables.
Divide up your perennials while they still look healthy. It’s best to divide a perennial at the end of the growing season during which it hits its peak. As the plant starts to overgrow, the center of the plant will start to have dying stalks and weaker flowers. Allowing perennials to grow too long may also lead to them overtaking neighboring plants.
There is no need to purchase a costly chemical if your plants develop powdery mildew. A great home remedy is to mix baking soda with water and a little bit of liquid soap. Once weekly, spray this mixture to the affected areas of your plants, and the mildew should be eliminated shortly. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
Learn how to trim your plants. Not all plants require trimming, but if you notice unhealthy stems, trimming a plant can help you get rid of a disease or at least slow it down long enough for you to cure your plant. Do not cut too many stems and leaves: cut only the unhealthy parts.
When and why should shrubs be pruned? Most shrubs need pruning to increase flowering. Deciduous spring and early flowering shrubs should be pruned immediately after flowering. Cut back old wood to encourage new growth. The buds for next year’s flowers will appear on this new wood. Late summer flowering shrubs should be pruned in spring. They will produce flowers on the shoots that grow immediately after pruning. Winter flowering shrubs simply need pruning in early spring to clean up any dead or diseased branches.
If you have many potted plants, do not water them all the same way. Some plants do well with plenty of water, whereas other plants might prefer a drier soil. Over-watering can do as much damage to a plant as under-watering. So, be mindful of what types of plants that you have in the pots, and water them appropriately.
No one said gardening was easy. However, few will say it isn’t worth the effort. As with anything that requires effort, time and patience are needed. You already spent a moment to read these tips, so take the initiative and give these tips a try. You won’t regret it and you might even be glad you did.