Make A Wonderful Garden With These Tips!
For many of us, gardening is more than something we do simply to make our house or our property look more attractive. It can be an ideal way to lower our stress levels and get some exercise while breathing in fresh air and getting in touch with nature.
Get your children involved in gardening to encourage them to eat their vegetables. Children often are reluctant to eat vegetables, but if they plant vegetable seeds in the garden, nurture the plants, watch them grow and harvest them, they are more likely to be willing to eat the fruits (or vegetables) of their labor.
Wear gloves whenever you work in the garden to protect your hands from injury and keep them clean. When digging or working in the garden, you may come in contact with insects, sticks, stones and roots that could cause injury to your hands. Wearing gloves reduces the chances that you will be injured. As an added bonus, your hands won’t get dirty and you are less likely to get blisters when using your garden tools.
Consider the benefits of indoor gardening especially in the long winter months. Plants inside of the home can actually add decor to your environment as well as add moisture and oxygen to your indoor air. You don’t have to add a lot of plants inside of your home to truly be able to make a difference, a few plants are more than enough.
A great tip to consider when gardening is the fact that support structures are very beneficial for your plants. This is important to keep in mind because the use of sticks and posts can increase the amounts of plants you can fit in your garden, protect plants from too much sun, as well as keep plants off the soggy ground.
Slugs can be a big problem in the garden. One suggestion for getting rid of slugs is to fill shallow containers, like a tuna can, with a mixture of one part beer and one part water. The slugs are attracted to the smell and will fall in and drown. Three teaspoons of yeast added to one cup of warm water will also work.
A useful gardening tip is to use vinegar and rubbing alcohol to remove salt deposits from clay pots. When you have a plant in a clay pot, unsightly salt deposits can build up on the outside over time. Combine equal parts water, rubbing alcohol and white vinegar and spray that on the pot. Then scrub it with a plastic cleaning brush, and watch the salt melt away. Rinse the pot well, and let it dry before planting something else in it.
When weeding, be sure to remove the roots of your weeds. These roots cause new growth to happen quickly. They also remove precious water from your soil. Weeds that grow quickly will strangle your flowers, and steal nutrients from the soil. Get close to the earth and pull all weeds out by the roots for best results.
If you, like so many people, have found gardening to be a relaxing, enjoyable hobby, we hope the contents of this article have been helpful to you as you seek to further develop your green thumb. By applying the suggestions mentioned above, you may find yourself enjoying your gardening even more!