Getting Ready to Garden!

Spring has finally showed itself, the snow has melted and you can see the hint of daffodils and crocuses peeking their heads up through the soil. Your garden is looking messy and you don’t know where to begin to get it cleaned up. Well help is here, keep reading to get some great gardening tips.

Cleaning your flower bed:

Take a rake and gently clean out all the debris from the garden, the leaves that didn’t decompose and twigs and sticks that may have dropped during those winter storms. Just cleaning this out will make a huge difference.

Next you want to edge your garden and pull the grass and weeds back creating a nice outline once more. With all that done you can see what you have left to deal with. Much of it will be weeds and grasses that you can just pull out.

What’s in my Garden?

Now if you can’t remember what you had growing where, here is a great simple tip. In the fall when you are cutting down the old growth, place a bamboo stick in the spot where you know your plants are. Also place sticks in spots where you have annuals like marigolds and carnations, as many times these will come back the following year.

So when cleaning the following spring, you know everywhere that you can possibly have a plant growing and not have to worry about pulling the wrong thing out.

Where you want to be careful is with all the new shoots that are growing. If you have lily bulbs or flowers that have reseeded themselves, clear the area around them so they have room for growth and loosen up the soil. Feeding with a perennial fertilizer is recommended at this time of your, to provide food and nourishment while they are in the growth stage.

Time to Enjoy:

Once you have done all the weeding and cleaning your garden really only requires maintenance for the remainder of the summer. Don’t let the weeds get the better of you. After it rains and the soil is soft go and pull the weeds.

Once the danger of the last frost is gone you can now add in instant color with an assortment of annuals. Everything ranging from Marigolds to petunias are available at your local garden centre. Take into account how much sun your garden gets and purchase accordingly.

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How to Keep Deer Out of Your Vegetable Garden

Most gardeners know that deer are a persistent, annoying problem. Their appetite is insatiable and they will eat almost anything. It is the natural instinct of deer to find set feeding grounds and visit them frequently. If this is your garden, then the deer will keep coming back until you stop them. There are a few different methods of control that can be implemented.

There are several varieties of chemical products available. The most common ones use urea, which is a chemical that is extracted from the urine of predators like coyotes or wolves. It is thought that the scent of a predator’s urine will scare off the deer. Another common deer repellent chemical is a spray of latex and rotten eggs (The latex helps the spray stick to the foliage). The idea being that the deer will not like the smell or taste of this spray and will, eventually, abandon the feeding ground.

If you did not want to try chemicals, you can try natural solutions. One is to hang bags of garlic around the garden. It is said that deer do not like the smell of garlic and will avoid it if possible. Another idea is to plant daffodils around the border of your garden. Daffodil bulbs are coated with a poisonous powder, so the deer do not usually eat them and will avoid them. Hostas are also said to repel deer. Unfortunately, if a deer is hungry enough, they will either ignore these plants or actually eat them anyway.

There are also electronic devices that can be used. One such device hooks up to your garden hose and uses a motion detector to spot deer. If it senses movement, the device shoots a jet of water out at the deer supposedly scaring them away. There are even electric stakes that gently zap the deer if they touch them.

Ultimately, however, none of these methods are proven to be completely effective. The only known method to guarantee deer do not enter you garden is to use deer netting. This is a fine netting, basically invisible, that you place all around the area where you want to keep the deer out of. Make sure you build it high enough because deer have been known to jump as high as 6 feet into the air.

Deer sometimes ignore or become accustom to chemicals and other methods of control. The physical barrier of deer netting is the only sure way to stop them.

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