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Home Gardening Tips

Gardening is a great hobby and wonderful pastime that people receive pleasure from worldwide. For all the time, hard work and effort put into designing, planting and maintaining a garden, a gardener’s reward is the beauty of lush, lovely gardens. It gives them a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction looking at the plants and flowers they planted and the nurturing care they gave them. Many gardeners find working in their garden and getting close to Mother Nature a therapeutic, relaxing hobby that makes them forget about the stress and worry of everyday life. Gardeners also get a lot of exercise and a great deal of fresh air, which is an added bonus while they are doing something they have a passion for and love. Here are some gardening tips that can help you have a beautiful property and gardens.

· First time gardeners should begin small to make the experience enjoyable and successful. It is easier for a beginner to plan, plant and manage a small garden while learning the essential basics of plant care such as watering, fertilizing and the secrets of pest, weed and disease control. Once you master this, you can increase the size of your garden or create larger spaces. An overly large or ambitious gardening project for beginners that will require several weeks or even months to finish is a quick way to feel frustrated, upset and defeated. It is all right to think big but you should divide your gardening projects into small sections.

· Water is essential for a beautiful, successful garden but watering too frequently results in plants and grass with shallow root systems. The best way to water most plants is once or twice weekly but for a longer length of time so the soil becomes well soaked. Early morning watering is best because the plant and flower leaves will dry during the day and this will help prevent diseases such as fungal infections.

· Weed the garden thoroughly and then use an organic mulch to help prevent new weeds from appearing. Mulch also helps hold nutrition and water in and stabilizes the soils temperature.

· Use your own homemade compost to reduce costs and reuse the organic material from your garden, lawn clippings, kitchen and your fall leaves.

Gardening on a Slope

· For any areas of your property that are steeply sloped, stay away from planting grass or any type of garden that required maintenance such as cutting or weeding. Trying to look after plants or cut grass growing on a steep slope can certainly be dangerous. Instead, plant shrubs and trees that require no maintenance but will anchor the soil and slow water runoff. If you enjoy a garden with a natural look, sow wildflowers, plant tall perennial grasses or even groundcover but make sure its maintenance free.

· For shaded slopes, shade-loving perennials such as hostas, some types of ground cover, ferns and low growing vines will look great but also help prevent erosion.

Frugal Garden Tips For the Gardener

With the price of produce going higher and higher these days, a lot of people are planting gardens. However, if you’re not careful, a garden can also cost more money than you might expect. You can avoid this, though, if you adhere to the following frugal garden tips. They will save you money without compromising the quality of your garden.

WAYS TO SAVE

First, plant from seeds rather than starts. Although this takes some patience, the savings are well worth it. You can get dozens of plants for less than a single pack of starts. This is one of those frugal garden tips that people rarely follow, though, because they don’t want to wait for their plants to come up. So if you do decide to buy seedlings, purchase smaller ones. They cost less than larger plants, and adjust easier when they are transplanted. Also, you can turn one plant into many by taking cuttings and collecting seeds. But be sure that any plant you collect seeds from is open pollinated. Otherwise, it will not grow plants that are true to the original.

Another way to save is to work with friends and neighbors. You can trade your extra seeds with them, and swap any cuttings you might have. If you grow too much of something, make a deal with a neighbor for some of their excess crop. Since plants are much cheaper when bought in bulk, split an order with a friend. You may even find yourself swapping frugal garden tips! Everyone has some neat little bit of advice to help you save money.

Finally, use what you have and do not let anything go to waste. When you are raking up your leaves or cleaning your garden, save the rubbish instead of throwing it away. Eventually, it will become great compost. Every time you empty a container, think about how it might be used in your garden. You may be able to plant seeds in it or use it to cover seedlings. It may even provide a good barrier for keeping pests away. Even old newspapers can help your garden by keeping weeds down. In short, do not toss anything into the garbage before thinking about it in terms of frugal garden tips. You may find that you actually need to buy less things than you thought.

Gardening Naturally

It’s that time! Time you’re looking forward to the taste of all the wonderful vegetables from your garden. Wow I know I am! I thought I would give you several good gardening tips to help you grow a lush vegetable garden this year. You don’t need a lot of chemicals, just the right information and a little elbow grease.

Tip # 1.

How Often Should You Weed Your Garden.

Weeds not only make your garden look untidy and uncared for but they also rob your vegetables of water and necessary nutrients, so be sure and pull them when you see them. This is especially important in the early stages of growth in your garden. Studies show that keeping your garden weed-free for the first four to six weeks can have a significant impact on the productivity of your plants. Preventing weeds from returning is not that difficult if you put down three to six inches of coarse mulch. A study by the Ohio State University showed that shredded newspaper suppressed the weeds and increased the yield of tomato plants.

It is always a very pleasant sight to view a well kept vegetable garden from your deck or patio.

Tip # 2.

Do You Need To Buy Imported Lady Beetles (Ladybugs) From a Store To Add To Your Garden?

While lady beetles do consume many harmful pests such as aphids, the ones you can buy at your garden centers have been hibernating. They probably won’t stay around long enough to be very beneficial to your garden. Once they wake up their natural instinct is to fly away. Most likely you will have some ladybugs (Lady beetles) visit your garden any way. One of the most helpful visitors you can have in your garden are earthworms. They perform a variety of good deeds to help your soil and your plants. They aerate the soil, digest organic matter, and produce great nutrients for the plants roots. If you have healthy soil there is no need to run to the garden center to buy some of these little guest, chances are these worms are already making themselves at home. If your soil is not so healthy try adding a little aged manure or compost to you garden and they’ll come to visit on their own.

Tip #3.

Old Wives Tales About Table Scraps – Fact Or Fiction?

We’ve all heard them, from our parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles etc. Tales about how different foods and scraps from the kitchen can benefit our gardens. Some of these claims work and others don’t. It’s hard to know which of these “Old Wives Tales” to believe. It just takes trial and error to check them out. Here are a few that have been proven to work.

Eggshells: Eggshells are a great source of calcium which is great for your tomato plants. Without calcium they will develop blossom-end rot. All you have to do is sprinkle the crushed shells on soil around your plants.

Milk: Milk can be a great fungicide for problems like powdery mildew. This is easily detected, there will be a white powder on the leaves. A mixture of milk and water sprayed on your vegetables and fruits can work just as well as chemical sprays.

Hot Peppers: Hot peppers can be used as an insect repellent for you plants when made into a spray. The ingredient that burns you mouth when you eat it (capsaicin) is the ingredient that kills the harmful insects.