Horticulture isn’t just fun; it also has many practical benefits. No matter what you grow in your garden, you will find great joy in gardening. In this article, you will be shown different techniques to help you start a garden, and grow plants of your own.
Make sure that your sod is laid properly. You will need to prepare your lawn soil before laying the sod. Remove weeds and break your soil until all the clumps are gone. Make sure the soil is packed firmly and even. Thoroughly moisten the soil. Stagger your sod so that each joint offsets from joints in adjacent rows. Sod should be firm and have an even, flat surface without gaps. According to your climate, you will likely need to water the new sod daily over a period of a couple of weeks. This will insure proper root formation and establishment.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. You can use biennial and annual flowers to brighten the bed, and let you change how it looks. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Some excellent choices include rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflower, cosmos, petunia and marigold.
There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. This solution can be sprayed onto your plants once per week until the problem is resolved. No damage will occur to your plants, and the baking soda is mild and efficient.
As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. This year, instead of using your regular clay pots to plant your kale and lettuce, use a pumpkin as the container instead! Clean out the pumpkin just like you would if you were making a jack o’lantern. Spray Wilt-Pruf inside the pumpkin and along its edges so that the pumpkin won’t rot. Now this is completed, it is time to get planting!
Gardening is a hobby that is healthy for you and a hobby that is truly rewarding. The benefits you gain from having a garden never end! You will have fresh veggies and beautiful flowers. Take your horticulture to greater heights of enjoyment with the tips you’ve gotten here.