Horticulture is a fun and interesting hobby that has the potential to improve the life of you, your family, or your business. Determine what you need so you don’t spend money on equipment you do not need, or on seeds that don’t work in your area.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Try using annuals and biennials to add color to your flower beds, and brighten them up. These flowers grow quickly and can be planted at any time during the year. If you want to maintain a flower garden all year or you want to add new flowers to reflect the changing seasons, annuals and biennials are for you. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
In order for plants to grow, they must have enough CO2. A higher level of CO2 will help plants grow better. The best way to obtain a saturated level of carbon dioxide (CO2) is to use a greenhouse. If you have a greenhouse, keep CO2 levels high.
Remember to remove weeds from the garden. A vibrant garden will be overrun with weeds if they are left alone. You might want to think about using white vinegar to do this. Use it instead of chemical solutions to kill weeds. By placing a white vinegar solution in a spray bottle, you can spray the weeds away instead of having to pull them out manually.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. Tender shrubs are very sensitive to cold weather, especially those that are planted in pots. You want to then tie the tops of the canes together, and cover them with a sheet or blanket. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
Do you enjoy fresh mint, but don’t like how they engulf your garden in their growth? You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. Plant the container in the ground, but its walls will hold those roots captive, and will prevent the plant from engulfing your garden!
Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. These pesticides can kill the useful insects that work as predators to pests. In fact, beneficial insects are more likely to die than pests if you spray these types of pesticides. As the population of “good” bugs dwindles, your garden may become overrun with pests. As a result, gardeners often have to resort to using more toxic pesticides to get rid of garden pests.
If you cut your hand, you can use a glove to protect it from germs and chemicals until it heals. Cuts that are infiltrated by soil or other substances have the potential to breed serious infections. Now, there are bandages available that will cover and seal the injured area completely, allowing you to continue your gardening projects.
You must do a bit of research, enjoy working outside a good deal of the time, and have lots of patience. Once you look upon your amazing garden, you’ll realize that the work has paid off!