If you want that green, lush garden, there are many things to do in order to get there. Horticulture can be a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun. The following article will provide you with advice to make horticulture entertaining.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
The handles on your horticulture tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. You can use larger tools, like rakes, as measuring sticks. Lay the handles on the floor, then run the measuring tape down next to them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. Now, the next time you do work in the garden, you’ll actually have a ruler at your fingertips.
Try using annuals and biennials to add color to your flower beds, and brighten them up. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. Some plants to get you started include petunia, marigold, sunflower, rudbekcia, and cosmos.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. 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.
Vegetables should be planted in an area where they will get a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. Most vegetables need at least that much sun exposure to grow properly. This holds true for some types of flowers.
Consider adding coffee grounds to your soil if it contains high levels of alkaline. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. When you can eliminate excess alkaline from the soil, it makes what you are growing much healthier. This means your veggies will taste better, and your flowers will be more vibrant than ever.
An easy, inexpensive way to give them nutrients is to pour the leftover water from your steamed vegetables into the soil. 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. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. In addition, these pesticides destroy the good insects which eat pests. Since these pesticides often affect the good bugs more than the bad, using them can actually increase your pest problem. If you respond to the growing pest problem with more broad-spectrum pesticide, you only continue the harmful cycle.
When growing plants inside of the house, you should ensure the thermostat is set at around 65-75 degrees in the daytime. Warm temperatures encourage plant growth. If you don’t want you house to be really warm during the cold season, you could use a heat lamp on organic plants instead.
Try to work as efficiently as possible when horticulture. If it takes you thirty minutes to find a needed tool, then you are doing something wrong. Prepare your equipment before you go into the garden and put everything away afterwards. You can use a tool belt, or you may want to wear pants with extra pockets.
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.