What’s exciting about gardening is that you don’t have to limit yourself to a particular breed of plants or flowers. You can go with whatever takes your fancy and of course, whatever plants are available during the season. Variety is the spice of life so knock your socks off with the myriad species of flowers and plants on hand.
Don’t limit yourself to the usual varieties of plants and flowers that you’re used to. Be open to new exotic breeds and those that look extraordinarily pretty. Each season, look for something unusual and inspiring. You can breathe new life into your existing garden by injecting new colors and textures by the use of vibrant fresh flowers.
Of course, there are also challenges. There is the occasional bug attack and sometimes the weather conditions are not favorable to your plants.
Do not be disheartened when challenges like this occur. These days we are lucky to have the information we need at our fingertips. There are countless websites devoted to caring for plants and flowers and you’re sure to be able to get great ideas on how to go about that little problem of yours from there. Many of them offer from simple how-to tips for the first time gardener to more advanced and technical stuff to the seasoned gardener.
If your DIY efforts don’t work, don’t be upset. No matter what the problem, you can consult with the people in your friendly neighborhood plant store. They can make great suggestions on the best solutions for your gardening problems.
Gardening is great therapy for most people. It helps soothe their frayed nerves. As an added bonus, their surroundings become more beautiful. It is always a delight to have flowers and plants around. Soil is simply the holder of the nutrients. By eliminating the soil, you eliminate soil borne disease and weeds and gain precise control over the plants nutritional diet. In a hydroponic solution, you provide the exact nutrients your plants need in precisely the correct ratios so they can develop stress-free mature faster and, at harvest, are the highest quality possible.
It is important that you check the soil at the time of selecting the best location for your garden. As part of the soil testing process, simply squeeze a handful of soil in your hand to test the moisture content. Dry as dust soil means you will have to put in a lot of effort to get the soil up to the required nutrient levels before planting.
The ideal soil for growing vegetables is a rich, loamy soil; fertile, easily crumbled, high in organic matter, well drained and deep. Often you have to work with what is available in your garden. Properly prepared soil regardless of a sandy or heavy clay texture can still be used.
If the soil you have to work with is light sandy soil or heavy clay, adding plenty of organic matter is probably the fastest way to make the soil loamier in texture. Additives to the soil like peat moss, decomposed leaves, compost or old horse manure help considerably.
If you plan to add something, make it a two to three inch high layer. Make the addition in spring before you start to prepare the soil. Repeat the process again in the fall.
Fertilizers are best applied just before or at planting time. Two methods of fertilization are broadcasting and row application.
Broadcast fertilization is done by spreading the fertilizer on top of the soil. Generally, a combination of both methods works well. The fertilizer needs to be tilled into the soil for a depth of approximately four inches.
Use the broadcast method to apply fertilizer to entire garden area. The rest needs to be applied to each row in three inch wide furrows on each side of the row.
Safe Chemical Herbicides
Yes. Chemistry and chemical engineering. This science has evolved greatly in the past 50 years. We were first alerted to its indiscriminate use in serious efforts to control everything and anything that threatened the outcome of our crops. Today there are many chemicals that, when used properly, are less likely to cause harm to humans, animals and the environment than some ecological techniques and processes.