A garden is not just something you do to decorate. It isn’t only a pastime for hobbyists with a green thumb. Becoming involved in horticulture is a great way to find peace in your life, and gain an appreciation for the world around you. Especially if you are good at it, its effects are profound.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
The approach of fall means you need to start planting autumn goodies. A hollowed out pumpkin can become a festive container for kale and lettuce. Cut an opening in the pumpkin and scoop the insides out. Then spray the edges and empty inside of the pumpkin with Wilt-Pruf so the pumpkin doesn’t rot. Once you’ve done that, you can plant!
You should make sure to divide your irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. Use a knife to divide the rhizomes. Cut the center out of each rhizome but save the pieces. Each piece should have at least one strong offshoot. Replant the new shoots right away.
A green garden needs to begin with seeds, not plants. When you begin a garden, it’s most eco friendly to do so with seed. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
Apply organic mulch generously around your vegetable plants. The mulch will help keep the soil moist for longer periods of time. It can also prevent weeds from growing. Your plants will receive extra water and nutrients, and you’ll spend less time dealing with weeds.
If you are new to gardening, make sure you read and follow all the directions on any tool or chemical you use. You might end up damaging your plants or getting a skin irritation. So make sure you take precautions, follow the simple directions and be safe.
Good tools for the gardener include a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool. Horticulture can take a toll on the knees, but a small ergonomic stool will be a comfortable solution. You will need a wheelbarrow in order to perform various gardening chores, it is a good thing to have on hand.
Take the information you’ve gleaned from the tips presented here, and make your garden live again. It is a decision you will not regret, especially when you see all your plants alive and blooming. Horticulture is a way of relieving stress and making the world a prettier place so go out and start growing things and bringing life back to the world.