Having Difficulties With Gardening? New and don't know where to start?
Consider trees. Fall is still a good time to plant trees
If you are completely new to the world of gardening, then you are probably thinking that some tips on how to grow and maintain a garden will help you immensely so that you can begin growing your own. Listed below are some tips to get you started with your gardening endeavors.
A great tip to consider when gardening is the fact that support structures are very beneficial for your plants. This is important to keep in mind because the use of sticks and posts can increase the amounts of plants you can fit in your garden, protect plants from too much sun, as well as keep plants off the soggy ground.
You can use natural waste items around your home to benefit your plants. For example, plants that prefer high acidic soil love a mulch mixed with coffee grounds. Cinnamon can be used as a natural fungicide for potted plants. And of course, there are the myriad benefits of a home compost pile.
Planting a vegetable garden can be a truly rewarding experience. To be sure your garden is successful, you must pick a location that gets plenty of sunlight. The crops will need to be in a spot that is very open and sunny, giving them lots of room to thrive and grow.
When buying a shade tree, buy a smaller seedling that has been grown in a pot. Buying a larger tree seems like a better idea, but it has to be dug out of the ground. This damages the root system of the tree, so it spends its first growing years replacing those roots. The potted seedling, however, can immediately start growing new leaves and branches.
Avoiding Your Weeding Because of Mosquitoes...
Try this simple "do-it-yourself" spray.
12 oz. bottle of witchhazel of your choise
15 drops citronella essential oil
15 drops lemongrass essential oil
10 drops thyme essential oil
10 drops lavender essential
Simply add the essential oil drops to the witchhazel, shake and you are ready to pour your mosquito fighting solution into a spray bottle for us.
Shake prior to each use. Also, the essence of these essential oils will evaporate rather quickly to you will need to reapply after 1 - 2 hours.
Use within 3 months as there are no preservatives. Keep refrigerated between uses to keep the solution fresh for longer.
How to Take Cuttings
It's hard to believe that our summer is ending and the children are heading back to school. For those of you wishing to lengthen the season, consider taking cuttings now.
Cuttings taken now will root faster than they will if you wait until season's end. They also take up less space than your larger outdoor pots.
Take cuttings of: Wax begonias, Browallia, Coleus, Geraniums, Fushia, Impatiens, and Annual Vinca.
Cut the tip from a healthy stem, about 4-6 inches in length.
Remove the lower leaves.
Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and place in a container of moist vermiculite or perlite.
Place cutting in a bright location, away from direct sun.
Keep rooting mix moist.
In about two weeks, you should be able to pot your cuttings.
Astibles are a great way to bring color into your shade garden. Most will bloom for about 4 weeks from July to August, and the A. x chinensis into September.
You’ll find them in several varieties and colors – pinks, white, red, violet. Astibles like a moist, fertile soil so do not let them dry out. They are also heavy feeders so give them a boost in spring with some extra fertilizer.
In addition to adding color to the shade garden, they can also be used as a ground cover. They mix well with other shade lovers such as ferns, hosta, ginger, and Heuchera.