There is quite a bit to learn if your goal is to have a healthy and wonderful garden. Horticulture takes some effort, but it is also a pleasant and rewarding hobby. Some basic tips will help make your work more efficient, making both the process and result more fun.
Put down sod correctly. Before laying the sod, the soil must be prepared. Eradicate any weeds and work the soil until it is very fine. Flatten the soil back into place, gently but firmly. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Make sure that the sod forms an even, flat surface, and if you have any gaps show between the sod, fill them with a little bit of soil. Water the sod everyday for the first two weeks until the roots grow enough.
Pick your plants with an eye to maximize the yield you can get. Normally, hybrid plants that are disease-resistant and cold-tolerant have a greater yield than traditional varieties.
Start your plants in containers before transferring them to the garden. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. Your seedlings will be ready to go in as soon as you remove the previous set of mature plants.
Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. Tools that can be used for more than one task are quite handy to own. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. When you are gardening next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.
Having healthy soil in your garden is your number one defense against pests! Healthy soil leads to healthy plants with more strength to deflect those insects and various diseases. To boost your garden’s prospects of giving you the healthiest possible plants, make sure you begin with premium soil devoid of salt-accumulating chemicals.
Plant a variety of flowers to keep your flower garden colorful and interesting. Annuals and biennials can add excitement and interest to your flower garden every season. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. They can make a handy, gap-filler between shrubs and perennials located in sunny areas. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.
While working in your garden during the fall season, watch out for those stink bugs! Stink bugs are attracted to tomatoes, beans and most fruits. Decrease their presence as much as possible to avoid them wreaking havoc in your garden.
Aerate and dry your plants each day. If your plants are moist, this can attract disease and parasites. A commonplace plant parasite is fungi. It is possible to control fungi with sprays, but the key is to treat your garden before any problems arise.
Learn the best harvesting time for each kind of vegetable you plant. Most vegetables have a relatively small harvesting window when they will taste best. Many vegetables are best when picked young; baby peas are a prime example. Contrarily, tomatoes should be left on the vine until maximum ripeness has occurred. So, find out the best time to harvest your vegetables.
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.