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If you have visions of a healthy, lush, green garden, there are things you should consider on your way to that goal. There is much fun and much work involved in gardening. Here are a collection of nifty little gardening tips that will make the your time spent outside more fun and less demanding.

Your plants will respond better to gradual changes of environment. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. Over the week, try gradually increasing the time they’re left outside. When the week is done, your plants will be ready for the big move without any problems.

TIP! Insects and various garden pests can be avoided by making your soil healthy. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold.

Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. These garden vermin prefer plants with tender, herbaceous stems and leaves, particularly seedlings and young plants. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.

Bulbs planted in the spring can flower all the way into summer. Bulbs are easy to grow and hearty, and they keep growing in years to come. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.

Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Drop your seeds into a small jar that is filled with cold water. This hydrates your seeds and jump-starts their growth. The seeds will most likely have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.

Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds can be used to amend soils that are high in alkaline. Coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to increase the acid level in your soil. This simple act can lead to vegetables that taste better and look more appealing.

If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. Douse boiling water on the weeds and avoid nearby plants carefully. What this does it essentially kill the weeds by damaging their roots. The result is that those weeds are unlikely to regrow.

TIP! Seeds should be soaked in a dark area overnight. Drop your seeds into a small jar that is filled with cold water.

There are natural steps you can take to keep garden pests at bay. Forming a border around your vegetable garden with marigolds or onions are ideal for repelling slugs. Using wood ash as mulch around the base of trees and shrub seedlings will also help keep away insect pests. Using these natural methods will reduce the need for potentially harmful chemical pesticides.

With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017

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