A garden offers much more than beautiful decoration. For some people, gardening is more than a hobby. Gardens give the people working on them a feeling of serenity and a close bond with nature. The effects are huge, especially if you're skilled at it.

Learn about plant varieties so you can choose the ones with the best yields. If yield is important, choose hybrids designed to resist cold and diseases rather than traditional varieties.

Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. You can also put something on top of the soil around the plants that has an offensive smell to cats, such as mothballs or citrus peel.

One way to correct your soil's alkalinity is by amending your soil with used coffee grounds. Coffee grounds contain plenty of acid to get the soil back to a good balance. After doing so, you will notice that your greenery and garden will be colorful and fresh.

Make a plan for your garden. This way, you will remember the places you planted your seeds when they start sprouting. You can also avoid losing the smaller plants, or in larger gardens, the small plant groups.

If you have many low-growing plants in your garden, get yourself a pair of gardening knee pads. You will end up spending a good deal of time on your knees and this can cause a lot of pain by the end of the day. With good knee pads, you can stay in the garden longer, and more comfortably.

Protect the soil around your vegetable plants with an inch or two of organic mulch. Mulch will retain water so that you won't have to water your plants as often. This also helps reduce the appearance of weeds. This can prevent you from having to constantly pull weeds.



Carefully read and follow the instructions that come with your chemicals and tools, especially when you're just starting to garden. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful. Following instructions for the use of harsh chemicals can keep you safe from serious injury.

Apply the tips from above to bring new life to your garden. Your plants and shrubs will thank you from the bottoms of their roots. Gardening can make your life much better than it is now, but you have to put int he effort. There's no time like the present for getting started.