If lush and vibrant plants growing in your personal garden are something that you aspire to, then a number of things need to be taken into consideration for you to reach that dream. Horticulture takes a lot of effort, planning, time and work, but it can be a great deal of fun. Here are a collection of nifty little gardening tips that will make the your time spent outside more fun and less demanding.
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Try to place them in the new area for a couple of hours at a time the first day. Over the week, try gradually increasing the time they’re left outside. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Consider starting your plants in pots and then planting the seedlings in your garden. By allowing them to sprout first, you are increasing the odds of a seedling reaching maturity. This also enables you to close gaps between planting cycles. Once you remove the most recent mature plants from your garden, the seedlings are immediately ready to be planted.
Turn the handles of your garden tools into measuring rulers. Tools that can be used for more than one task are quite handy to own. Just run some measuring tape right on the floor next to the handles. Next, use a Sharpie to accurately label the distance between each one. Next time you work in the garden, you can have a larger ruler with you!
You don’t need a costly chemical solution to deal with powdery mildew in your garden. Rather, you should mix a bit of baking soda with a small quantity of liquid soap in water. Spray this on the plants once per week until that mildew goes away. The baking soda is harmless to your plants and a very effective remedy.
Bulbs are the best solution to get flowers in spring and in summer. Bulbs are hearty and will continue to grow every year. Different bulbs bloom at various times, so choosing appropriately, you may have blooms early spring to later summer.
Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Many types of veggies require this amount in order to thrive and produce the food source that you are hoping for. Many flowers also require adequate sunlight to flourish.
If your landscape includes low-growing plants, you should invest in a set of knee pads specifically designed for horticulture. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy. Knee pads offer your knees the extra cushioning they need to stay comfortable during extended periods in the garden.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. Make sure to pour only on the weeds and to stay away from healthy vegetation. Boiling water kills weeds by destroying their roots. Weeds won’t be able to survive, never mind grow, with damaged weeds.
You should divide irises. If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. Each piece needs one strong offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
Use plants to get some autumn color. That doesn’t have to be, however. The foliage in the fall probably exudes more color than any other season. Maple, Beech and Dogwood trees are available in a number of fall colors, varying from bright yellow to rich crimson. Some very good shrubs to choose are barberry, hydrangea, and cotoneaster, which is a member of the rose family.
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.