Finally You Can Make Your Garden Grow Better Than Ever

By Clifford Gill

Vegetables should be planted in an area where they will get a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. This allows the vegetables to grow quickly and healthily. Some flowers are especially sun-loving as well.

Do you hate how fresh mint leaves grow and take over your lovely garden but still like them? Stunt their growth a little by planting your mint into a garden container or large pot instead. If you would like the mint leaves to still be in the ground, simply plant the container, and the leaves will stay within the boundaries of the pot.

Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. They're particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.

You can help provide nutrients by watering your plants with room temperature water that is leftover after cooking vegetables. For gardenias and rhododendrons, try putting your used coffee grounds or tea bags in the soil so they may acquire the acid they need for proper growth. If you find that you have a fungus problem, try sprinkling some chamomile tea on your plants.

Try to have a plan with your garden. That way, if you see your plants beginning to bud but can't recall what they are, you can refer back to your plan to refresh your memory. In addition, some plants are so small you might forget you planted them once all your plants sprout. Planning stops these plants from getting lost in the crowd.

Take a look at planting berry-producing evergreens in your yard. These help to give your garden nice looking color, even during winter when most vegetation is colorless. Other winter plants include the American Holly, Winterberry, The American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.

Surround your vegetable plants with organic mulch, a few inches worth. Mulch will retain water so that you won't have to water your plants as often. It also helps prevent weeds from growing. You'll save a ton of time if you don't have to constantly pull out weeds.

Don't cut your grass too short! Keeping grass with a little more height makes it healthier. This allows the roots to grow more deeply and makes the blades of grass more resistant to becoming dry and discolored. If the grass is too short, it produces shallow roots and that leads to a lawn with brown spots and dried-out patches.

Sensibly water your garden. You can save time by using soaker hoses when watering plants. By doing this, you won't need to water your plants individually. Turn the water on at low pressure so your delicate plants will not be damaged by the soaker hose. Allow it to water your plants for a couple of hours, so that you are free to do other things.

There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. Wood ash, when used like mulch, can keep away pests after it is spread around a tree base and shrub seedlings. You can avoid using pesticides that contain harsh chemicals if you employ these techniques.

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