You may have just brought your first property that has a garden, and you are not sure where to begin. Then read on, because when you have basic gardening knowledge, you will enjoy your newfound hobby.
The rewards of the gardener are seeing your creation for the first time. At the beginning, you probably have a jungle to tend with. When the weeds have gone and you see the first shoots coming up from the ground for the first time, that’s when you can sit back and admire. Gardening is also a great form of exercise, and will get you plenty of fresh air, too. Just think about sitting back on the patio or your new lawn, relaxing with a cool refreshing drink on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
Before you can do this for real, a lot of hard work needs to be done. Here are a few tips for the beginner gardener. You will need to go slowly at first. Don’t rush it, even though you can’t wait to see everything looking colourful. Start small with a project that will not take long to do. If you can start at one corner of the garden and work your way across, you will see your progress clearer and quicker. Don’t choose big projects to begin with, because you will just get frustrated, and you will never get the garden of your dreams. Even if you only have a small garden, there is still plenty of choice to getting your garden looking the way you imagine.
If there is a larger project that needs tackling, break it down into sections and don’t be tempted to do the whole lot in one go. Seeing your garden appear before your eyes will motivate you to continue on to the next section.
To begin with do some research on the basics, weed control, disease, pests, watering and fertilizing.
If your garden is prone to weeds, try putting mulch around your plant. This will reduce weeds, keep them at the right temperature as well as control water. To maintain healthy plants they need to be watered longer and less frequently. At the same time, don’t let them dry out. Water early in the morning, so that the leaves can dry out during the day. This will help you to avoid fungal disease.
Once your plants are established, you will need to keep the pests away. You can make your own pesticide with ingredients from your kitchen.
You will need:
- 1 jar
- 1 spray bottle
- 1 cup of vegetable oil
- 1 tsp of washing up liquid
- 1 cup of water
Put the vegetable oil and washing up liquid into the jar and shake vigorously. You will then need an empty and clean spray bottle. Into the spray bottle pour 2 teaspoons of the mixture, and add the water.
You can use this remedy once every 10 days. If your plants are attracting mites, whitefly, scales, aphids or other pests, you may have to use it more often.
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