Horticulture can be therapeutic and stress relieving. Gardeners are often faced with the questions of when to plant and what equipment to purchase. You will find useful answers to your horticulture questions and some general gardening advice within this article.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Next, use a Sharpie to accurately label the distance between each one. When the need arises to measure something while in your garden, the measuring tool you need will literally be “on hand,” sketched into the handles of your tools.
Starting a garden which is pest-free is easy, if you have healthy soil. Healthy plants are naturally more resilient against pests and disease. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
Give your flower beds a boost by introducing annuals and biennials. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. In addition, they work well as gap fillers between other areas, as long as those areas receive plenty of sunlight. You should get varieties such as cosmos, petunia, rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflowers or marigold.
Prior to planting anything in your garden, check your soil. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
Seeds should be soaked in a dark area overnight. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. This increases the chances of survival for the seeds.
As you now have discovered, gardening can be a fun, productive and rewarding activity if you invest a little time into gaining a bit of knowledge before you begin. As long as you implement the tips and tricks that you learn, you will have great results. Remember the tips in this article to have your own beautiful garden.