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Reducing Stress By Growing A Home Garden

Gardening is often a lifelong passion, but with a little bit of research and work, you can get started today. The tips you will find below will pave your way towards horticulture success.

Utilize your garden tool handles as convenient makeshift rulers. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Just lay your tool down on the floor then lay a yardstick beside the handle. Label the distances using a permanent marker. When you are gardening next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.

TIP! The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. Healthier plants are stronger, which in turn can help the plants you grow to become more resistant to disease and bugs that can harm them.

There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. Spray this onto your plants about once per week or until it subsides. This method is not going to cause any damages to your plants and the mildew will go away slowly.

When winter arrives, transfer some plants into the house to save them. It’s a good idea to save any expensive plants or those that will thrive in indoor heat. Use caution when digging around the roots of your plant. You need to keep the root structure intact for it to thrive after being potted.

Don’t mow your grass too short. If you leave a bit more height, the grass roots will get deeper, making your lawn stronger. If the grass is too short that will lead to shallow roots, which will cause a brown and dried-out lawn.

TIP! When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. Instead, combine baking soda with water and liquid soap.

Before you start planting your garden, plan it! This will assist you in recognizing your tiny plants when they start to pop up. This is important, because different plants require different care.

Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. This tactic is better than utilizing plastic, because it will allow air to circulate.

Weed Growth

TIP! Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service.

Remember to place a layer of mulch over the soil around your vegetables, approximately 2 inches deep. The mulch help keeps the soil that is around the plants much more moist for much longer. It also prevents weed growth. You will benefit by not having to spend so much time fighting weed growth.

Not as difficult as you thought, right? Like anything else, horticulture has a lot of information that can be learned and applied. Often, you only need a little mental nudge or insight that will empower you to get moving. Hopefully, you have received that help from the tips shared in the above article.

Posted on Oct 23, 2017


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