Gardening is well known for its therapeutic benefits and ability to completely relax and rejuvenate those who enjoy taking care of one. Knowing the right soil to get, which tools to purchase and when you should be planting are a few of the questions gardeners want to know. This article provides key tips for horticulture aficionados.
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
Plants that result in a larger yield should be higher on your priority list when planning the garden. Many times, hybrid plants tend to resist disease, and tolerate the cold weather better than their traditional counterparts, resulting in higher yields.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. On the floor, simply lay out the handles, then take a tape measure and run it next to them. Label the distances with a permanent marker. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
The first thing you should do when planning a garden is test the soil. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
Bulbs are the best solution to get flowers in spring and in summer. Bulbs will grow every year and are easier to take care of than seeds. Bulbs bloom during different seasons, if you pick them carefully you will have flowers almost all year.
Vegetable plants should be planted where they can benefit from a minimum of six hours of sunlight every day. Almost all vegetables need this much sunlight, so that they can grow correctly and in a shorter amount of time. Some flowers also need six hours of daily direct sun in order to grow and blossom well.
Try to have a plan with your garden. Doing this makes it easier to keep track of where you planted what when you first start to see sprouts. In addition, your small plants or groups of plants that are limited in number won’t become lost if you have a large garden.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Douse the weeds with this pot, just avoid the nearby plants. The weeds’ roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.
Do you hate how fresh mint leaves grow and take over your lovely garden but still like them? You can slow down this growth by planting them inside a pot or container! If you would like, go ahead and plant the container and the plant right in the ground to prevent root overtake.
It is possible to use natural materials as well as other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Slugs are repelled by bordering your vegetable garden with either onions or marigolds. Wood ash used as mulch helps repel pests as well when around shrubs and trees. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.
Carefully read and follow the instructions that come with your chemicals and tools, especially when you’re just starting to garden. Failing to heed this simple advice can mean skin irritation that you are going to remember, and not pleasantly at that. Be careful when it comes to your body, and always follow directions.
As mentioned earlier, horticulture is a great hobby that benefits highly from increased knowledge about it. Remembering good advice and planning well can help your garden flourish. Take these tips and apply them to your garden and you are going to be overjoyed with the results.