Have you noticed that the grass literally seems greener on your fence’s other side? You may imagine your neighbor has the key to a perfect garden. Truth is, they aren’t doing anything overly amazing. It simply requires practical information about how to care for a variety of plants. Begin your search for gardening knowledge with the tips below and get ready to develop an even greener thumb.
Selecting bulbs. Most bulbs are sold during their dormant period. Buy them as early as possible before they start to produce roots. Most spring flowering bulbs will begin to grow roots by early fall, and by planting them early, you will ensure that they have time to establish themselves. Bulbs will deteriorate if kept out of the ground too long. Don’t buy any bulb that is soft or mushy, or appears to be diseased.
Knowing the layout of your yard and what kind of soil you have can greatly improve your gardening experience. By knowing this, you can figure out what seeds will work with your current yard or if you need to create a different environment around your planting preferences. Different plants require different nutrients, so plan accordingly.
Keep herb plants trimmed and bushy. By consistently pruning your herb plants you will create a shorter path for nutrients and allow the leaves to grow fuller and quicker. Keep the plants short through trimming as well and increase the density of the leaves. When at all possible do not allow the herbs to flower.
Try to grow only as much as you can use in your garden. After eating fresh vegetables, storing, freezing, and giving away to friends and family there is only so much that a person can use. Do not plant fifty tomato plants unless a vegetable stand is in your future because all those tomatoes will rot on the vines and will not be used.
Bulbs are the best solution to get flowers in spring and in summer. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Various bulbs do not all bloom at the same time, and if you employ this knowledge wisely, your garden can provide freshly blooming flowers for half the year.
You can use items in your fridge for a safe and organic way to adjust the pH of your water. You can use lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to lower your pH (a few drops at a time) or use baking soda to raise your pH (a pinch at a time checking after each adjustment).
So, you can see that these suggestions are rather simple and easy to follow. Just apply the lessons outlined here and assess their effectiveness in your own garden. Watch your garden to see how different plants respond to these new techniques. If your thumb turns out to be brown rather than green, take corrective action. A garden that is the pride of the neighborhood will be well worth the time it takes.