There is no better time than now! You most likely have a head full of questions and concerns regarding how you should begin, and then what to do once you actually have. Luckily, you’ll be able to find some answers to those concerns in the paragraphs below. Below are some expert tips to get you moving with the aspirations you have to become a green thumb.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface. Either car wax or floor wax will work just fine. The clay won’t stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. You can use shovels or rakes as measuring sticks. Lay the handles onto the floor and place a measuring tape beside them. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. This will allow you to have a ruler at your fingertips when you are working out in the garden.
You do not need store-bought chemical treatments for plant mildew. Mix a little liquid soap and baking soda in water. Then, spray this mixture onto all of your infected plants once each week till the mildew is gone. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
Pick the proper soil in order to get the best outcome. Depending on the types of plants you would like to grow, your garden’s soil might need to be amended with different substances to alter drainage, acidity and other charactheristics that make plants happy. For special requirements, you can build separate areas with soil that is right for certain plants.
Prior to planting your garden, devise a plan. A thoughtful plan can remind you of previous plantings and what you will see appearing from the soil in the months of spring and summer. It can also aid in identifying the less prominent fledgling plants that lie withing a larger landscaped garden.
Use natural pest control when possible. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. Wood ash also makes a great insect deterrent; simply use it as mulch around your shrub and tree seedlings. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.
You should think about planting evergreens that yield berries in your garden. These help to give your garden nice looking color, even during winter when most vegetation is colorless. Some examples of evergreens that produce berries and color in the wintertime are the American Holly, Cranberrybush, the Winterberry and the Common Snowberry.
Hopefully, you now feel a bit more prepared to start off on your gardening adventure. Even if you thought you were all ready to go before, look at what you know now! Hopefully the tips laid out here gave you pointers to improve your gardening so you can start gardening with two green thumbs.