Grow healthy and delicious food at home, right outside your door. You will enjoy a fresh salad even more when all of its contents were grown with your own hands. The following paragraphs contain a handful of helpful hints that will enable you to maximize your horticulture endeavor.
You will need to properly lay sod. You want to prepare the soil before you lay down the sod. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. When the soil is clean, pack it tightly and create a flat surface. Thoroughly water the soil. Staggered rows with offset joints is the best way for the sod to be laid out. After the sod is in place, go over the surface to ensure everything is level. Use loose soil to fill in any gaps between seams. Water your sod daily for a fortnight, which is enough time for it to root and be able to withstand foot traffic.
Clay soil can be very hard to work with, and you will often find that it sticks to the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
It is important to do your homework so you choose plants that produce higher yields. If yield is important, choose hybrids designed to resist cold and diseases rather than traditional varieties.
Use your tool handles as rulers in the garden. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. Label the distances using a permanent marker. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
Plant slug-proof perennials. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.
If you want your garden to sport flowers in the spring as well as summer, plant bulbs. These are hearty choices, choices that will reward you for years despite the little effort that is involved in their care. Different varieties of bulbs flower at varied times and if you make the right choices you can have blossoms from early spring through late summer.
Consider adding coffee grounds to your soil if it contains high levels of alkaline. The coffee grounds provide a cheap way to re-supply needed acid to the dirt. By amending your soils, you will help your plants grow and flourish.
Make a plan for your garden. A thoughtful plan can remind you of previous plantings and what you will see appearing from the soil in the months of spring and summer. You can also avoid losing the smaller plants, or in larger gardens, the small plant groups.
Make sure air can circulate around your plants, and keep leaves moisture-free. Moisture on the surface of a plant can attract parasites, and cause disease. Fungi is a common problem in the world of plants. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Horticulture, as you can see, is an awesome way to grow your own delicious food. This is a more natural and cheaper way of getting your food. Follow these tips to garden efficiently and enjoy it.