Gardening for Beginners

In the world of gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice about gardening for beginners. Everyone has to start somewhere!

Mildew

If mildew is forming on your plants, you should not purchase an expensive chemical. Try mixing a little liquid soap with some baking soda in water. Spray this mix on your plants every week and the mildew should go away. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.

Saving Plants from Cold Weather

When cold weather comes, you can save some plants by placing them inside your house. You may want to save the most beautiful or expensive ones. Carefully dig near the roots and transfer those plants into a flower pot.

Mow the Grass the Right Way

When mowing your lawn do not cut it as short as possible. If you let your grass grow, the roots will go deeper and make your lawn more resistant to dryness. Short grass is more prone to getting dried out and turning brown.

Don’t Over Water

Ensuring your plants are both dry and aerated is a great way to keep them healthy. If you have excess moisture, this can attract bugs or diseases. Fungi are a very common and irritating pest in the world of horticulture. Proactively treat fungi through the use of fungicidal sprays and treatments.

Use Mulch

Place at least an inch of mulch that is organic in with your veggies! The soil around plants can stay damper through the use of mulch. This is also efficient in preventing weeds from growing. This could save you lots of weed-pulling time.

Respect the Chemicals

Learn the proper way to handle chemicals. Failure to follow instructions can be dangerous or painful. For example, some chemicals will irritate your skin if you don’t follow safety rules. Following instructions for the use of harsh chemicals can keep you safe from serious injury.

Keeping Fido Out

If you want your garden to be off-limits to your dog, spray a scented perimeter around it using things like old perfumes or aftershave. Using this will cover up the odors that your dog likes and will cut down on the intrigue of your landscaping for your furry friend.

Take Care of your Knees and Back

When gardening, remember to take care of your knees! It is not good to bend from a standing position for a long period of time. Kneeling allows you to reach your plants easily and is healthier for your back and legs. For extra comfort, purchase a knee pad for use as a cushion between your knees and the ground.

Give Nature Some Room

Gardeners who are intrigued by the ideas of organic and sustainable methods should think about designating a portion of their landscape to support native plants. This will also benefit your cultivated gardens as it will attract more bugs and birds to pollinate your other plants.

Coffee Grounds

To add nitrogen, put old coffee grounds in your beds. Your plants will thrive from the nitrogen contained in the grounds. Generally, nitrogen is the limiting nutrient with any plant and having a good nitrogen source either by coffee grounds, compost, or even diluted urea, will make your plants bloom faster and grow taller.

Adding Vegetables to Your Garden

When you decide to add vegetables into your new garden space, be aware that they must be placed where they will receive direct sunlight for a minimum of six hours daily. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly. Different plants have different requirements for sunlight so if you aren’t sure, ask!

Shake Things Up

For the best results when growing a garden, you should shake your seeds up a little bit. After planted, make sure you agitate the seeds at least twice daily, using your fingers or even a Popsicle stick. This will make your plants grow faster and they will get bigger than they would have without this practice.

Weeding without Sprays

If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. Any container of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. Simply pour the boiling water directly on the weed.

Rotation

Annually rotate your garden. If the types of plants that you grow are consistent from one year to the next, they may be more prone to diseases and plant fungus. These kind of enemies to plants can stay underground ready for the next year to cause harm to your plants. If you change things up on a regular basis by varying your planting locations, you take advantage of a natural methodology to avoid fungus and disease problems.

You now know what starting and maintaining a garden entails, and some great ideas to achieve excellent results. Keep learning more tricks and start practicing with a few plants. By using these tips, and others, you can develop and hone your own techniques to create a flourishing garden.

Gardening for Beginners