Gardening is something people have loved doing for centuries. Some people garden simply because they enjoy it, whereas others garden as a means to feed their family. This article will shed some light on the gardening process, and the many rewards it reaps.
In order not to shock your plants, you have to gradually accustom them to the change of temperature and conditions. Try to place them in the new area for a couple of hours at a time the first day. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. By weeks end, you should have plants that are ready for a permanent home outside with no problem!
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Get better results in clay by rubbing car wax or floor wax onto the shovel, then buff off and dig. This will make your task easier because the clay won’t stick to the shovel. It will also keep your garden tool from rusting.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. A permanent marker can be used to label distances. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of your soil. You can actually get an analysis of soil for a little fee, and with the report you get back you can figure out how to create a vibrant garden by enriching it properly. It can avoid ruined vegetables and flowers, so check with places, such as a cooperative extension department to see where you can obtain the analysis.
Plants need a sufficient amount of CO2 for proper maximum growth. Most plants will grow better with more CO2. The best way to get a high level is to plant them in a greenhouse. Make sure to keep CO2 levels high to provide the best growing environment for your plants.
In closing, gardening has been used and enjoyed since before recorded history. Once, it was a new way of getting and providing food. Today, gardening can be as much for hobby as it is for need. This advice gives you the capability of becoming a much better gardener, and allowing you enjoy your hard work. Gardening is rewarding both for you and all those who see your creations.