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Want To Learn About Gardening? Keep Reading

Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Use a permanent marker to label distances. Next time you are working in the garden you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!

Plant slug-proof perennials. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. They tend to enjoy perennials that have thin, smooth, tender leaves, especially those of young plants. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.

Brighten up your flower beds with annuals and biennials. Fast-growing annuals and biennials can brighten up a flower bed, and allow you to change the look from season to season and year to year. They are very useful for filling in the gaps between perennials and shrubs in a sunny area. Notable varieties include cosmos, rudbeckia, petunia, hollyhock, marigold and sunflower.

If you find that you have soil that has high amounts of alkaline, mix used coffee grounds throughout the soil. The coffee grounds are a very inexpensive way to add acid back into the dirt. WIth it, you will find that your greens and vegetables will be more vibrant and tasty!

Plan your garden before you plant it. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. This can also help prevent you from losing smaller plants or smaller groups of plants within a larger garden area.

If you have many low-growing plants in your garden, get yourself a pair of gardening knee pads. The amount of time that you spend gardening on your knees can make your knees hurt by the time you are done. A pair of good gardening knee pads can cushion your knees for more comfort.

Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. Moisture on your plants is a sure way to attract parasites and disease. Fungi are a common parasite common in the plant world. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.

You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Using wood ash as mulch around the base of tree and shrub seedlings will also help keep away insect pests. These methods remove the need for harsh chemical pesticides.