If you learn that your soil has a high amount of alkaline, mix some used coffee grounds into it. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. By amending your soils, you will help your plants grow and flourish.
In a dark area, pre-soak your seeds overnight. Place some seeds into a small container, then fill it with water until it is almost to the top. The seeds will get the hydration they need to start growing. The seeds will most likely have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
Don't plant a garden without planning it. This helps you remember where each plant was planted before they begin to sprout. It can also keep you from planting any of your garden favorites too close to each other.
A vegetable garden requires some paperwork. Write down the things you want to cultivate and then make a diagram of the whole garden. You'll need to remember plant dimensions and needed dampness and light exposure.
Surround your vegetable plants with organic mulch, a few inches worth. The mulch will keep the soil around the plants moist a little longer. It also helps prevent weeds from growing. This can save you a lot of time and effort in pulling out the weeds.
Dress to protect your skin from sun damage when you garden. Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. When using the right protection in the sun, you will lower your chance of getting a sunburn and decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
Protect your delicate shrubs from harsh, wintry elements. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. Tie the tops tightly together, and cover the wigwam with a sheet or blanket draped loosely over it. This is more effective than putting plastic on the plant, it will let the air flow.
Try to grow some wheat or cat grass around your cat's favorite plants. You could also repel your pet by planting rosemary or placing citrus fruit peels around your garden.
Make garden tools do double duty, as handy makeshift rulers. You can use larger tools, like rakes, as measuring sticks. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. Label the distances on the handle with a marker pen that will not smear or fade away. Next time you work in the garden, you can have a larger ruler with you!
With these tips, you're better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you'll also be growing as a person. That's because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.