Simple Advice On Good Gardening

There's a lot more to gardening than most people realize. If you decide to go the natural route, you may have to know about things like the pH balance of soil and natural bug-fighting concoctions. If you are inexperienced with horticulture, making the switch to organic methods may be a challenge for you. Be sure you learn to be a pro by using the tips laid out below.

The handles on your horticulture tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Label the distances with a permanent marker. Now, the next time you do work in the garden, you'll actually have a ruler at your fingertips.

Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. These garden vermin prefer plants with tender, herbaceous stems and leaves, particularly seedlings and young plants. 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. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.



Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. Annuals and biennials that grow quickly can really wake up your flower beds, and they allow you to have a new garden look every season or every year, if you choose to. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.



There is no need to purchase a costly chemical if your plants develop powdery mildew. Put a little baking soda and some dish soap in water. Spray this mix on your plants every week and the mildew should go away. No damage will occur to your plants, and the baking soda is mild and efficient.

Your plants will reach maximum growth if they have a sufficient supply of carbon dioxide. The majority of plants thrive when they are exposed to a high level of carbon dioxide. The best way to obtain a saturated level of carbon dioxide (CO2) is to use a greenhouse. When it is exposed to high carbon dioxide levels, a plant has the best growing condition possible.

Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. Planning gives you a map of your garden. When your plants begin sprouting and all look alike, you can refer to your plan to remind yourself of which plants are which. It's also a good way to keep smaller plants from getting swallowed up by the rest of your garden.



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.

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