There are many things to consider when striving for beautiful and healthy garden plants. Cultivating a garden is time consuming, but it is also rewarding. Try these hints to bring the fun out in gardening.

Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. They are more likely to survive the transition to adulthood with this method. This method also reduces the waiting time between plantings. Your seedlings will be ready to be planted when you remove your old mature plants.

Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.

Transplanting plants and bringing them indoors can protect them from harsh winters. Think about saving your resistant plants or the expensive ones. Dig the plant up without damaging the roots and place it a big enough pot.

Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. Before you ruin any crops, make sure you do this. Soil can be analyzed at a lot of cooperative extension offices, so make sure you plan accordingly.

Let your new seeds soak in a dark spot overnight. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will hydrate the seeds and facilitate growth. The seeds will now have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.

A quality garden must be grown from seeds. As a green-friendly gardener, you always want to use seeds to start your new plot. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.

Read instructions before using any gardening tool you aren’t familiar with, including pesticides or other chemicals. Use the tools only as directed in the instructions. If you fail to do this, you could cause yourself all sorts of injuries, the most common of which is irritated skin. Stick to the rules and safeguard your health.

Scent the grass around your garden with old perfume or discarded aftershave to prevent your dog from wandering into your garden. This will mask the garden smell that is attracting your dog, and it will make it a less appealing place for your dog to visit.

With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.