Having a beautiful garden is certainly something you can brag about in your neighborhood, but sometimes it can be difficult to get started. This article offers you a multitude of tips to set you off in the right direction and give you the best garden on the block in no time at all
Collecting and preserving autumn leaves is a fun gardening project, especially for the kids. Generations of kids have used the ‘wax paper method’ to preserve fall leaves at peak color – with a little help from Mom. Just select colorful thin leaves that don’t have a high water content and place them between two sheets of wax paper. Place a cloth – like an old tea towel – on top of the waxed paper ‘sandwich’ and have Mom slowly run a hot iron (no steam) across the cloth. Peek underneath to see if the wax paper is melting and bear down hard to get a good seal. The wax paper may seem cloudy while it is warm, but it should dry clear as it cools. Enjoy your pretty display of colorful leaves
To discourage garden pests of the rodent variety from eating your beautiful perennial flowers and tasty vegetables, brush your dog or cat and use bits of the accumulated hair near the base of the plants being bothered. Garden rodents such as moles, gophers, rabbits and chipmunks can smell a predator and while your little Yorkie may not look like much of a threat, it only takes his scent to ward off the garden troublemakers. Don’t have a dog or cat to brush? Volunteer to brush a neighbor’s pet for the cause
Sow plants in succession to each other for a steady harvest. When growing vegetables such as corn, snap peas, and lettuce that mature on a very predictable schedule, make two or three sowings two weeks apart to lengthen the harvest season. You can also plant two different varieties on the same day with different maturation times to ensure a longer season.
Make sure your pot is the right size for your plant. If the pot is too small, the plant’s roots may not have enough room to grow. The roots will become ‘root bound’, stop growing, and begin to suffocate. The size of the root system can determine the size of your plant and yield.
A spicy solution to ridding your garden of pests is to spray your plants with a hot mustard or red pepper mixture (one tablespoon of hot mustard or red pepper to one quart water). The solution is safe to spray directly on your garden foliage and pests can’t stand the taste of it
As was stated at the beginning of the article, it can certainly be a daunting and difficult task to start your new garden. Learning the most you can about gardening will allow you to get yourself started in little to no time at all. Follow the great tips you just read to give yourself the knowledge and confidence to get digging