There is a lot of information about horticulture, but a little time and research will get you started. We truly hope that these tips will get you started on a lifetime of successful, happy, horticulture and learning.
Shoveling clay soil is tiresome since clay is hard, and it can also stick to your shovel for twice the difficulty. Rubbing wax on the shovel prior to digging can kick this challenge to the curb. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
You don’t need expensive chemicals to treat powdery mildew on plants. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. Spray this onto your plants about once per week or until it subsides. The baking soda is harmless to your plants and a very effective remedy.
Plants need C02 for maximum growth. The majority of plants grow much better when CO2 levels are at their highest. Growing plants in a greenhouse is the best way to contain CO2 for use by your plants. If you have a greenhouse, keep CO2 levels high.
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. Keeping grass with a little more height makes it healthier. This allows the roots to grow more deeply and makes the blades of grass more resistant to becoming dry and discolored. Leaving the grass short makes it more prone to drying out, which leaves your lawn look really brown and yucky.
If you’re growing veggies in the garden, they need to be in a spot that lets them get about six hours of sun daily. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed. Some flowers also have the same needs.
Keep your fragile shrubs protected from the winter weather. Delicate shrubs that are sitting in pots should be sheltered from the cold weather. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. This is better than using plastic to wrap the plant, as more air can circulate.
Give peas a head start by sprouting them indoors. If you were to plant them inside first, the seeds should germinate better. This will also make the seedlings hardier, which will help them resist diseases and pests. Once your seedlings are sturdy, you can then move them outside.
If you have a vegetable garden, one of your main enemies is garden pests. It is wise to limit the use of harsh chemicals, because the vegetables will be eaten. Persistence and care is a much better solution for pest control, but many avoid it because it actually requires some work on their behalf. If you catch pests right away, the easiest way to eradicate them is to pick them off plants by hand.
To give them a boost, pour out any leftover water from steaming or boiling vegetables on the plants or soil around them. You should also try using a bit of coffee grounds or tea to increase the acidity of the soil for your gardenias or your rhododendrons. A natural cure for plant fungus is chamomile tea. Sprinkle some on the plant, and see if it works.
Not as difficult as you thought, right? Just like anything else in life there is much to learn when it comes to horticulture. Sometimes you just need a little clue as to where to begin with it, so that you can “jump right in”. With any luck, you’ve received that from this article.