Gardening is one of the most rewarding hobbies out there -- or at least that's how gardeners feel. It's not always the simplest hobby, however, and if you love plants but feel you still have a lot to learn when it comes to gardening, these tips are just for you.
When building a rain garden, choose plants that will be able to tolerate fluctuating conditions such as standing water. Choosing native plants to your area are usually easier to grow and heartier than exotic species. After adding plants, spread 2 or 3 inches of mulch, but avoid rock mulch or grass clippings that may be treated with pesticides.
A great tip to consider when gardening is that you can remove the salt deposits from your clay pots with a solution of rubbing alcohol, water, and white vinegar of equal amounts. This is important because it is a safe and natural way to keep your pots looking great.
If you grow roses or rosebushes, spray them with a solution of 1/3 cup powdered milk in about a quart of water once a week or so. The powered milk solution will be sticky on the leaves and stems of your roses which will trap aphids and protect your roses.
If you are looking into gardening for the first time then you should be sure to start small. If you overwhelm yourself with difficult plants then you are setting yourself up for failure and likely frustration. Ask a friend for a plant that is simple for beginners and start from there.
These tips should help you bring your skills at gardening up to match even the deepest, most fervent love of the hobby. Your plants will thank you in the only ways they can for taking the time to follow this advice, meaning that your garden will flourish all the more as proof of your love and dedication.