Not only is gardening very relaxing, but it is also an activity which doesn’t require much money to do. Performing necessary garden chores can be an excellent way of spending time together as a family. Gardening is a great way to teach kids how nature works in a fun, engaging way. Gardening also provides its’ caretaker with an introspective appreciation for mother nature, unlike any other. By reading this article, you will learn some tips which will make enjoying your garden easier. If you’re enjoying gardening, you’re more apt to invite others to join you in the activity.
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.
Although railroad ties may look very nice in your garden, the chemicals in them, are thought to be hazardous and toxic to the health of the garden, so consider alternatives. Natural wood is easy to find and will add a beautiful touch to your garden.
A great way to keep insects and pests at bay in your garden is to spray your plants with a dish soap and water mixture. A mixture of one quart water and one half teaspoon dish detergent will kill off those pesky parasites. Be sure to respray every fourteen days.
Fresh mint is a wonderful addition to a herb garden, but it can quickly take over your entire yard. Rein in their growth by planting the mint in a large pot or garden container instead. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
Look for targeted pesticides instead of using popular but damaging broad-spectrum products. These pesticides will kill every type of pest in your garden, including beneficial bugs that eat garden pests. Good bugs are often more sensitive to pesticides than their bad counterparts, so if the population of good bugs goes down, the pest problem can grow. This might result in you having to use even more pesticides to get rid of the pests.
It is important to remember to apply sunscreen to the back of your neck as well as your ears when you are gardening. Many people focus on their face, hands and arms when they are applying sun block before going outside to do their gardening. Your ears and the back of your neck will get a lot of sun exposure, so it is important to protect them too.
So whether gardening is to be a solitary or a social hobby, you can make use of these hints. By implementing some of the tips mentioned previously, you can introduce the delights of gardening to family members, have fun gardening with friends, or simply enjoy it by yourself.