Easy and effective gardening resources
Anyone who has tried to plant a garden, whether for the purpose of beautifying their yard or for growing vegetables, will tell you that it's a lot of work. There are a lot of obstacles that stand between you and a successful garden. It's important to learn all you can before you start your garden, and take advantage of any gardening tips you've learned.
Flower Gardening Tips
This first section will cover a few basic flower gardening tips. One of the most basic structures of a flower garden is a planting bed. The first thing that you need to do when planning a planting bed is to clear out the area. If you are working in your yard, then you probably need to clear out some grass in order to start planting your flowers.
You don't have to use herbicides to kill grass and weeds around the planting area – you can simply strip away the sod in the bed area, flip it over, and cover it with newspaper or paper bags. At this point, you're ready to lay topsoil – about 6 to 8 inches or so. One important gardening tip is to do your research on topsoil. You want to make sure you have rich, organic topsoil that will help your flowers thrive. Check the pH level of the topsoil to make sure it's good for your plants.
Vegetable Gardening Tips
One of the prime advantages of vegetable gardening is getting to enjoy the taste of your own produce. The flavor of fruits and vegetables is dependent on their harvest time. Harvest too early or too late, and it won't be quite as good. When you buy produce from your local supermarket, it's often harvested at a time that is optimal for a longer shelf life, but not for taste.
If you want to fully enjoy the flavor of the vegetables that you grow, you should aim to harvest them the morning you plan to eat them. You may be surprised at the flavor you can get from these freshly ripened fruits and vegetables. For instance, tomatoes that you find a store are often ripened in storage rather than on the vine. If you grow your own, you can let the tomato sit on the vine and mature to full flavor.
In the world of gardening, the concept of organic gardening has grown in popularity. A natural extension of the movement towards healthier living in harmony with the environment, organic gardening is a rewarding practice. However, it does take some additional effort, so here are some organic gardening tips:
- Make your own compost by using kitchen scraps.
- Use organic pesticides instead of chemical ones.
- Try natural pest control methods, such as introducing predatory insects to the garden.
- Use plants and herbs such as marigolds, sage and chives – they can help repel some insects.