Gardening is a great way to grow delicious fruits and vegetables right in your own backyard. You can make things like salads with freshly picked tomatoes right from your garden, or if you are advanced enough you can even make salads that are completely from your own garden. A wide variety of information is available online, in magazines and in gardening books to help you grow a healthy, luscious garden.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. Next time you work in the garden, you can have a larger ruler with you!
Garden for fall colors. This does not have to be so. Fall is the most colorful time of year for foliage. Maple, beech trees or dogwood take on some amazing colors. When you choose shrubbery, try hydrangea, barberry, or cotoneaster.
Dwarf fruit trees are an option for space-constrained gardens. Most gardens, especially the ones in city lots, tend to be small, but there’s always area for a small fruit tree. This variety of fruit tree will mature and yield full sized fruit after about three years, though sometimes it can take a bit longer. The best time to plant these trees is in the spring, but you need to water them religiously until they start to grow.
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. Make sure you prepare your soil before you lay any sod down. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. Make sure the soil is thoroughly moist. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Firm the sod down to form a flat, even surface, and fill in any gaps between the sod with a little soil. Water the sod for two weeks and then you can safely walk on it as it will have had time to properly root.
As was mentioned at the start of this article the beginning, a garden is a wonderful way to have your own fresh fruit, veggies and herbs at home. You will enjoy the proud feeling you will have the first time you are able to use the plants that you have grown in preparing a meal. Apply these guidelines in order to get the most out of gardening.
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