Gardening is a real art and must be treated accordingly. That said, you don't have to do it professionally - if gardening helps you relax and is fun - you are on the right track!
In this article, we have collected the best tips for you from professional gardeners to keep your hobby as less of a hassle and as much fun as possible.
Coffee, grapefruit, tea, eggshells and beer
If your favorite plants are regularly attacked by slugs and snails, such simple and affordable remedies can be your salvation. Foods such as coffee grounds, grapefruit, eggshells, etc. environmentally friendly, natural and will help you scare off hateful and annoying pests.
Just like humans, plants need calcium for healthy growth. It strengthens them and prevents some plant diseases. To add calcium to your garden, you need eggshells or even milk.
For a successful effect, it is better to pour the powder into the hole before planting the plant in conjunction with compost or fertilizers. To make this powder, you need to grind the eggshell.
Baking soda and homemade tomatoes
If you grow tomatoes at home, this tip is for you. Baking soda can make homemade tomatoes taste less tart and slightly sweeter. But be careful - too much baking soda in the soil can poison the plant, so a tiny amount is needed.
Weathered Cider & Wisteria
Some gardeners argue that wisteria that grows poorly should be watered periodically with weathered cider or fermented apple juice. It sounds very strange, but it is said to work. And it does not work easily, but gives a noticeable effect.
Coffee grounds, pine needles and mushrooms
Experienced gardeners say that your hydrangeas will certainly change color if you use these products when growing them. Hydrangeas are famous for the fact that, unlike other plants, they tend to change color. It depends on the acidity level of the soil. If the acidity is high, the hydrangeas will be blue; if the acidity is low, they will be pink. Add pine needles and mushrooms to acidify the soil.
Coffee can also help you in this matter - it will change the color of your hydrangeas to blue. The color saturation will depend on the amount of coffee you use and the initial acidity of the soil. The final color of your hydrangeas will satisfy you - it will be from sky blue to bright blue. This simple trick works not only on hydrangeas, but also on rhododendrons and camellias.
Nappies and nappies
To keep the soil moist for much longer than usual, use this simple trick. It will be very useful to you if you are going to leave for a few days, and there is no one to entrust the care of the plant. You just need to put a clean diaper or diaper in the pot with the plant.
The granules that are in them perfectly absorb a huge amount of water, and then, in excess, gradually release it back so that the soil remains moist for a long time.
Soak seeds in warm water
Place the seeds in a container of warm water 24 hours before sowing. By using this method for some plants, you can, in some way, "awaken" the seeds and therefore improve and accelerate growth. In the best case scenario, the seeds need to absorb water before they germinate, so leaving them in the water for at least a few hours is a great solution some time before sowing. In this case, the water should be at room temperature, as extreme cold or heat can damage the seeds.
This method should not be used on all seeds, experts say. Large and hard seeds, such as sweet peas, need to be soaked, while soft or small seeds can be planted without additional hours in water. Some seeds can even be refrigerated for a while to simulate a cold climate.
Some crops gardeners grow directly from seeds, but there are those that will grow well and open from cuttings, such as lavender. Cuttings must be cut under special conditions so that the result exceeds all expectations. Novice gardeners should read the relevant professional literature or ask the advice of a seasoned gardener or gardener if they want to grow something from a cuttings for the first time, as different plants require a different approach.
Cuttings must be cut at certain times of the year and in certain weather conditions so that the expected result is ultimately achieved. Summer is a great time to harvest some types of cuttings. In some cases, basil can be grown from cuttings left over from planting.
Surprisingly, some plants are able to defend themselves or even each other from external factors.
For example, nasturtium is known for protecting the garden from the whitefly - a small white butterfly, and horseradish saves potatoes from invasions of Colorado beetles. Onions, on the other hand, have the ability to scare away red spider mites, therefore, they can be planted next to plants suffering from these pests.
To do this, you need to fill a bucket with nettles (remember to wear gloves) and then fill it with water. Place a stone on top so that the nettle does not float and remains completely in the water. Leave the bucket somewhere in the corner of the garden for two weeks.
Then remove the nettles so that water remains in the bucket. This tincture can be used to fertilize a previously watered plant, or in a 20: 1 ratio. This method will provide the plants with an optimal nitrogen content. It will be especially useful for vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli.
Your own compost
Pick up soft organic waste such as fallen leaves, weeds, and grass clippings periodically. Place waste in a container or simply dump it in one place in the corner of the garden. Each layer should be about 6 inches thick, with a layer of natural fertilizer or fresh manure between the layers.
This will ensure the development of microorganisms that recycle natural waste. This process generates a lot of heat and neutralizes the smell of the compost.
Household waste can also serve as compost for you. Suitable for this are the peels of vegetables and some fruits, eggshells, coffee beans, tea bags and even pet hair. The compost must be mixed every few weeks in order to obtain the ideal fertilizer in 12-18 months.
For any gardener or horticulturist, it is important that their plants bring as many benefits as possible. With the help of some fruits, you can not only prepare a delicious dinner, but also get rid of rust. This is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to clean metal parts.
To do this, you need to cut a fresh cucumber or potato and rub the rusty surface with the damp part of the fruit.
Nothing can irritate the lover of aesthetic gardens more than weeds making their way between the stones from which the path through the garden is laid. If you want to get rid of them, salt will be your helper. To do this, you need to sprinkle a small amount of salt on the areas of the weeds that you want to get rid of.
Be careful - in its pure form, salt is detrimental to plants, so if you have your favorite flowers or a vegetable garden next to a path in the garden, make sure that the salty soil does not wash away with water.
Start growing in eggshell
Take a whole egg shell and punch a hole in the top. Add soil there, plant seeds and care for the beginning plant. When the first roots and shoots appear and you decide to transfer them to a pot or garden, do not throw away the shell. Just squeeze it so that it cracks (this will make it easier for the roots to break through) and bury it with the plant. The nutrients from the shells will promote growth and health.
When a garden with flowers, fruits or vegetables suffers from diseases, the gardener, regardless of whether he is a professional or an amateur, suffers in one way or another. Cinnamon has anti-fungal properties and helps prevent certain diseases. It is better to use it at the sprouting stage, it will be more effective. Its pleasant smell will serve as a bonus.
Another sweet helper for gardeners is honey. It will help you care for your cuttings. Honey contains special enzymes that promote root growth and strengthening. It can be used as a so-called root hormone.
Honey helps the cuttings to take root and promote their further growth. At the same time, the roots spread quickly and far, and you can also be sure that they are protected from some fungal diseases.