Many annual plants do better in the winter than the summer. If plants get excessively leggy, prune them a bit to maintain their appearance. Some annuals will produce flowers again within a few weeks and stand out against other winter foliage. Annuals that look pretty in cold weather are petunias, snapdragons and dianthus.
Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
Pick your vegetables when the temperature is moderate to avoid bruising them. Cut vegetables to remove them from vines rather than twisting and pulling them. Twisting vegetables off vines damages them.
Give your flower beds a boost by introducing annuals and biennials. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. They are very helpful when trying to fill in gaps between shrubs and perennials in an area that is sunny. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
To defend your garden from errant dogs, spray something with a strong scent, including aftershave or old perfume around the perimeter of the garden. This will work to mask any scent that is attracting dogs, and will make the garden a much less interesting place to for dogs to be.
Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.
A great method for accumulating plant material to include in a compost pile is to store it in plastic trash bags. Autumn is a great time for you to do this due to the fallen leaves. These bagged leaves can then be stored in a warm environment. You will then have the perfect soil additive for a compost pile when spring arrives.
Try dividing the irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
As you have seen, it is easy to grow tasty vegetables and fruits in your own garden. Having the fresh produce to use in meal preparation will make you feel proud and smart. Apply these tips to make your garden the best it can be.
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