Why not learn something new about becoming a better gardener? With just a little research, you can make a gardening plan that will get you exactly the results you’re looking for without wasting your time or your money.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. Certain perennials that don’t have tough leaves are especially tasty to snails and slugs. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
If you want to keep your garden free of pests, start with healthy soil! Healthy soil leads to healthy plants with more strength to deflect those insects and various diseases. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Mix some baking soda and a very small amount of liquid soap into water. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.
Be sure to get rid of the weeds growing in your garden. If you’re not careful, weeds can take over your beautiful garden, ruining it. To help you do this, you may want to consider using white vinegar. White vinegar will kill those pesky weeds. Put some white vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray directly on weeds. If you don’t want to pull weeds out by hand anymore, give vinegar a try.
Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
Deciduous shrubs and young trees need to be protected. Shrubs in pots especially need special care in the colder weather. Tie the canes together, and drape a sheet or blanket over the top of the wigwam. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.
A good green garden should start from seeds and not plants. When opening a garden, the most green method of beginning is from seed. Plastics from nurseries aren’t recycled often, which causes them to go into landfills; so try starting with seeds, or buying from organic nurseries.
Be consistent with garden fertilization. Manure can be very helpful in growing plants, but it is essential to use a commercial product that has been composted, in order to minimize pathogen risk. Although there are plenty of fertilizer choices, don’t be concerned with which one you use; just be sure to use one.
You must do a bit of research, enjoy working outside a good deal of the time, and have lots of patience. But soon you will see the work begin to pay off, as the garden begins to grow.