There are many different types of gardening, container gardening, water gardening, flower garden, raised bed gardening, community gardening, patio gardening, green house gardening, Japanese gardening, landscape gardening, rock gardening, soil-less gardening, perennial gardening, rose gardening and many more. Here is some DIY backyard gardening advice on three aspects of gardening, indoor, organic and vegetable. For many people gardening is a passion, a hobby they invest lots of time and money into. While there are no hard rules for gardening there are things that can make it go better for you.
DIY Gardening Advice for indoor gardening
Gardening indoors is very different to outdoors and the two key areas you need to pay attention to are light and water. Understanding the plants you are keeping indoors is important to their survival and whether they thrive. Some plants need low to medium amounts of light, some need more. Some need little watering, some need regular watering.
Light – If plants are not getting enough light you can tell from their appearance. The leaves will be small and the stems thinner than normal. The color is usually more pale than usual too. Think about the lighting when you place plants indoors, you can add extra if needed by using fluorescent lamps. When you bring outdoor plants in, you need to allow them time to adjust to the different conditions. Give them as much artificial light as you can and then if you want to, gradually reduce it until they have adapted.
Water – Over watering can be as bad for a plant as under watering so you need to ensure they get just what they need. Where they are growing needs to allow for water draining and you should use water at room temperature. Water that is either too cold or too hot can hold back the growth. When you get a plant ask the seller about how often it needs to be watered.
DIY Gardening Advice for vegetable gardening
Vegetable gardens are a big draw for pests that eat the produce so a big part of this gardening is ways to prevent infestation. Things you can grow that do just this include growing marigolds, garlic, and turmeric for preventing disease and onions for preventing weeds. Growing vegetables is not just about the practical consideration of eating the result, vegetable gardens can be attractive too.
The vegetables you grow are up to you, but remember certain types like beans, or vine growing foods needs a structure and or stick to climb. Manure will help them grow and remember that in warm and humid weather avoid watering at night as this can bring on disease. Regularly rotate the vegetables as well and think about what you can plant together. Some vegetables do better when they are planted with certain other types for example potatoes with beans, peas with carrot or turnips, beetroot with cabbage, spinach with egg plant or cauliflower and corn with beans or cucumbers.
DIY Gardening Advice for organic gardening
Organic gardening means avoiding using chemicals in your garden. There has been a large jump in the amount of people wanting organic foods and organic gardening so there are now many products you can use in your garden for pest control that are natural. But organic gardening is also about thinking about what you plant so that nature does some of the work, for example planting garlic to repel pests, and choosing other options to control disease, and promote a healthy soil. Rather than killing slugs with salt, use beer to encourage them as they are good for the garden.