If you purchased a house to be your home for the rest of your life, you probably want to turn it into a nice place for you to enjoy for years to come. Your whole life you will be working on designing and improving the design of the interior. However, when you are satisfied with the interior for the time being, you should consider investing in and creating a nice garden. Every garden, no matter how small, can be a beautiful place where you will spend a lot of time relaxing and enjoying nature. It is only a matter of organization and planning. If you put a little heart into it, your garden will give it back to you multiple times.
When working in the garden, there are a few things that you need to know, in order to make gardening less time-consuming and easier. There are many tips and tricks, as well as products available on the Internet, and if you search just a little, I’m sure that you will find many more, but to begin with, follow these you have here.
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When working in the garden, you will encounter that, almost inevitably, your fingernails will get very dirty and that all this dirt will accumulate underneath your fingernails. If you don’t clean these, you risk getting your fingers infected, and that is not something that you want to happen.
For this reason, there is something that you can do to prevent this, and it is quite simple. Before gardening, take a bar of soap and drag your fingernails across it. When gardening, the soap will prevent the dirt from taking hold on the finger nails, and will make cleaning your hands later much easier, because you will not have to worry about the dirt still being under your fingernails.
All the time, while gardening, you will have the need to measure something, whether it is a distance required between the bushes, the size of some plant, or anything else that might require measuring. It might be a little time consuming to have to go and get the measuring tape every time you need it.
So, to prevent losing so much time, there is a thing that you can do. Gardening requires some long-handled tools to be used. These tools are perfect to be used as measuring devices. Just lay the tool on the ground, and next to it place the measuring tape. Draw lines with a marker along the handle of the tool, and “Voila!” you have a measuring device that will be in your hands almost constantly to be applied ad hoc.
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Should you happen to encounter aphids in your garden, it would be very advised to get rid of them, because they can create a lot of problems for your plants. There are a few options available for that. For example, you can use insecticide which is widely available on the market. Or, you can use a strong blast of water to brush them far away.
However, there is one other solution that will, if you are not afraid of insects, prove to be quite a fun situation. What you need to do is take some duct tape and wrap it around your hands so that the sticky side is facing from your hands. Then, get to your plants and pat their leaves with the duct-taped hand. Watch the little buggers try hopelessly to crawl away to safety, and enjoy aphid problem solving.
Some plants, like camellias, gardenias, and even blueberries, prefer the ground that they live in have a little pH value on the acidic side. They enjoy this and grow well in such an environment. This is why there are many ways to make your ground more acid than it is. Many of these ways require you to pay good money to obtain them.
However, here’s one that does not cost at all and it is quite practical and simple. The solution is to use the leftover coffee or tea grounds and sprinkle it once a month. It takes about one-quarter of an inch each month to keep the pH level where it should be for these kinds of plants.
As I said, there are literally numerous tips and tricks available on the Internet when it comes to growing plants. Everybody has their views and is more than ready to share it with the gardening community. The tips above are some of those that I use in my own garden, and I think that they are very important if you want your garden to grow well with less effort.
A writer with significant experience, Ivan Dimitrijevic enjoys writing about a wide range of topics that range from SEO and Social Media to lifestyle to household, with a special interest in home and garden decoration topics.