Gardening is a great hobby to take up if you have a lot of free time on your hands. Seeing vegetables and fruits sprout from the soil after tending them for a time can give you a real sense of accomplishment. Homegrown fruits and vegetables are often also better for your health, since you can keep the produce free from pesticides and other chemicals.
As fun as gardening can be, though, first-timers may find it difficult to maintain their gardens. Whether you have a large backyard garden or a small garden just outside your window, you’ll encounter various problems that can interfere with your plants’ growth. To make it easier for you, here are the secrets to keeping a great garden.
Try watering your plants with liquids other than water.
Veteran gardeners recommend many mixtures and liquids that are said to be suitable for encouraging plant growth. Some recommend spraying plants with a mixture of a gallon of water mixed with a tablespoon of Epsom salts. Others say that milk or herbal tea also work great at improving the growth of garden plants. Whatever liquid you water your plants with, what’s important is that you water your plants regularly.
Know how to get rid of those garden pests.
Again, no matter what size your garden is, you’re also bound to encounter some common garden pests such as ants and slugs. If you’re not careful, these pests will destroy your plants, and you’ll end up with a garden full of plants with leaves that have holes in them. If your gardens being overrun by ants, some gardeners recommend letting the ants eat grits or dry yeast. Slugs, on the other hand, can be deterred by a sprinkling of salt around each plant’s base.
Protect your garden with plants that naturally deter pests.
There are many plants that naturally repel common garden pests. Basil, for instance, can keep your plants safe from flies and other insects. Garlic also repels Japanese beetles and aphids, just like mint, which also keeps flea beetles and cabbage pests from taking over your garden.