Gardening is a great activity for individuals and whole families. Benefits range from beautiful yards to fresh and free fruits and vegetables. Even if you have a green thumb, some tips and tricks to the trade yield results. Read on for some insights you can use in growing your plants.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. Label the distances on the handle with a marker pen that will not smear or fade away. When you decide to work in the garden again, you will now have a ruler at your disposal.
To grow properly, plants need adequate levels of CO2. If the level of CO2 is extremely high, your plants will grow much better. The best way to get higher CO2 for your plants is to grow them in a greenhouse. To achieve optimal growing conditions, keep the levels of carbon dioxide high in your plants’ environment.
Don’t plant large shade trees in your yard between the curb and the sidewalk. Large trees have powerful root systems. These roots will crawl under the sidewalk, lifting and breaking the sidewalk pavers. The sidewalk can’t be repaired properly without removing the tree roots, which would damage the tree. Smaller ornamental trees will do less damage.
If you do not have a lot of square footage for gardening, try using trellises or posts in your garden. Allowing certain vegetables to grow up a trellis or post rather than spreading out along the ground will allow you to grow more per square foot. You can do this with tomatoes, peas, and climbing beans.
Know your climate zone. This can be the difference between a thriving garden and one that never grows. Knowing your climate zone will help you choose flowers, fruits, vegetables and trees that are perfect for where you are. This way, you get a bit of a headstart when designing a garden.
When planting your bulbs, have you ever wondered what end of the bulb should be pointing upward? Even though the growing end will naturally grow towards the warmth of the sun, being planted in the right direction will make it easier on the growing shoot. If a bulb has a pointed end, the end with the point should be planted upward since it contains the stem. Long tubers and rounded corms are more difficult to figure out which end to plant upward. If they still have dried roots attached, plant that end downward.
The nutrients from vegetables can help. If you steam your vegetables, you can pour the remaining water around them. Used teabags or grounds from coffee are a great way to add acid to the soil. If fungus is an issue, Chamomile tea sprinkled on the plant may be effective.
Any gardener knows that seeds properly planted bare fruit after time. Keep the seeds of knowledge from this article planted firmly in the garden of your mind. Over the coming seasons and growing cycle, you are sure to see the advice here blossom into helpful habits in your gardening activities.