3 Easy-Care Gardening Tips

3 Easy-Care Gardening Tips  

If you would like to have a beautiful garden this year, without all of the usual hard work, there is a way to do this. Would you like to grow a flower garden this year? You can do this with a little planning and also have a vegetable garden on the side. What you need to be able to do is to grow plants that will take the least amount of effort possible. Here are three simple tips to help you achieve a gorgeous garden.

Any garden that is successful always begins with some preparatory work. Obviously, to make the maintenance very low, only make it large enough where it is manageable especially in regard to watering and weeding. Whether you are planting flowers or vegetables in your garden, you should always know where it will go as well as the lawn that you also want to plant. The plants that need a lot of sunlight, and those that usually do not, must be properly positioned in your garden so that an adequate amount of sunlight is given to each. You need to use common sense when you are designing your garden as you must know what it looks like and where it will be. After all, you want to know you’ll have easy access to garden beds without stepping on other plants. You will also need to think about how easy it will be to mow around corners or shapes if you choose to create unusual patterns within your design. An additional challenge for people who love to garden is an influx of garden “critters” who love to eat your newly planted plants. These can include slugs, bugs, snails, and other pests common to your area. You need to be careful if you consider a chemical pesticide because, not only can they be hazardous to children, adults, and pets, they are usually very expensive. There are so many things you can make that are organic and safe to keep your garden bug-free. And they are very inexpensive to mix up. A neat tip for ridding your garden of slugs is to bury a container next to the plants the slugs and snails love the most. Make sure the lip of the container is even with the ground and that is it too deep for the critters to crawl out of. Pour some stale beer into your container or, if you don’t have beer around, boil a mixture of yeast and honey in some water and use it instead. Either way, the slugs will love it. They love the smell of these mixtures and, once they’ve fallen into the can or other container, they can’t crawl out. They die happy. You can also make a simple spray to repel aphids by mixing a tablespoon of dishwasher soap in around one gallon of water. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and simply spray it on the leaves where you see the aphids.

Gardening can also be made much easier if you plan your choice of plants to include companion planting. In a nutshell, planting two plants together that can be mutually beneficial is the secret to this tip. By planting an insect repelling plant next to something you want to harvest and eat, you can protect that vegetable by using this strategy. Marigolds are often used by gardeners to protect their tomatoes from would-be saboteurs. The marigold plant is able to protect your tomatoes because of its unique odor which most insects do not enjoy. The scent of parsley is actually a wonderful deterrent for protecting rose plants against rose beetles that will harm the plant. Another plant called Nasturtiums can repel aphids, those tiny bugs that love to eat the leaves of many plants. When you use gardening tips that help to take much of the hard work out of gardening, you’ll find it much easier to enjoy. Choose your plants wisely for the area you live in and the amount of time you want to spend caring for them.

 

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