Plant crops compatible with each other in order to add even more efficiency to your garden. Plant crops that take longer to mature next to faster growing varieties. You can also get ahead of the season by planting cooler climate crops in the shade of larger summer crops. Greens such as lettuce do great in the shade of a large tomato plant.
An easy way to build up layers of plant materials for your compost pile is by putting the material in large plastic garbage bags. This can be done in the fall season after you have raked leaves in your yard. Store the bagged leaves in a warm place. When spring arrives, you will have perfect soil material to add to your compost pile.
Create a unique visual effect with a hanging basket. A hanging basket full of spring or summer flowers can brighten up a bare wall or a dreary back yard. A traditional hanging basket is made of wire and lined with moss. The moss is helpful in retaining moisture. You can create a spectacular display by not only planting in the basket itself, but by inserting hanging plants in the gaps in the wire mesh. The mesh and surrounding moss with ensure that the plants stay secure.
If you can’t get mulch for your soil, use wet newspapers. Damp newspapers around the base of your plants will help hold moisture in the ground and protect your plants’ root systems from heat and sunlight. Newspaper is biodegradable, so it will eventually degrade and actually add more nutrients to your soil.
Use a solution made of a combination of alcohol, water, and vinegar to remove the salt deposits that may accrue in clay pots. Spray it on the the pots and scrub away with a brush, preferably plastic. This allows you to continue to reuse those clay pots! Make sure the pots are dry before using them though.
Buy plants locally. While it’s possible to obtain plants from all over the country via mail-order, buying locally has its advantages. Not only will you be sure that the plants are suitable for your area, you will actually be able to see the plants before you buy them. Find a local nursery or garden center with knowledgeable staff who will be able to help you with plant selection. Many local nurseries have a ‘money-back’ guarantee if the plant fails to flourish in your garden.
Gardening will make you feel better and will help your yard look spectacular. It’s a very great way to eat, and to keep busy. You can find many tools to help you and many nurseries in your area that can sell you different types of plants. It is a fantastic hobby for anyone to take up.