Gardening is a complex hobby, but it doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult. If you plan on doing it naturally, you probably need to know certain things, such as natural bug-fighting concoctions and the soil’s pH balance. It can sometimes seem a bit difficult to grow organically for a novice. Be sure you learn to be a pro by using the tips laid out below.
A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. When you are gardening next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. Snails and slugs can do irreparable damage to your garden in a single night. They’re particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
When gardening in the fall, you need to be watching for stink bugs. Fruits, peppers and tomatoes are among the foods they love to eat. If left uncontrolled, they can cause substantial damage in your garden, so make plans for how to protect your plants from these pests.
When fall arrives, it’s time to plant your autumn vegetables. A hollowed out pumpkin can become a festive container for kale and lettuce. When you have finished cutting and cleaning the pumpkin, spray it with some liquid that will stave off wilting to keep it from rotting. You are prepared to plant after this is done.
Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. You then want to place a small amount of seeds in a container that’s smaller and then fill it up with water to the top. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. This increases the chances of survival for the seeds.
It’s easy to just jump in and start gardening without thought, but it’s important to plan your garden first. Doing this makes it easier to keep track of where you planted what when you first start to see sprouts. The plan will also help you keep track of your more diminutive plants and smaller groups that could otherwise become lost among a sea of larger plantings.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.