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TIP! Choose the right soil for best results. The kind of plants you want in your garden should let you know what kind of soil you need to get.

Horticulture is often a lifelong passion, but with a little bit of research and work, you can get started today. The tips you will find below will pave your way towards horticulture success.

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TIP! When gardening, be watchful of stink bugs, particularly in the fall. Stink bugs prefer peppers, beans, tomatoes, and various varieties of fruits.

You don’t need a costly chemical solution to deal with powdery mildew in your garden. Mix a little liquid soap and baking soda in water. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.

TIP! Pre-soak seeds overnight in a dark place. Drop some seeds into a small glass or other container, and fill it with water.

The kind of soil you use will influence the results. Depending on the types of plants you would like to grow, your garden’s soil might need to be amended with different substances to alter drainage, acidity and other charactheristics that make plants happy. It’s also possible to make a fabricated area that contains only one type of soil.

TIP! There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.

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 exposure to grow properly. This is true of some flowers.

TIP! If your garden includes vegetables, make sure you plant them in a location whether they are exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed.

It is best to aerate and dry your plants daily. Moisture on your plants is a sure way to attract parasites and disease. One parasite you have to watch out for in particular is fungi. You can control fungi with fungicides, but you must remember to use it before you notice any problems in order for it to work.

 

TIP! Protect your delicate shrubs from harsh, wintry elements. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected.

In order to start the best garden possible, remember that you should always start with the seeds and not pre-purchased plants. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds. Since plastics that are in nurseries aren’t recycled very often and therefore usually wind up in landfills, you should begin with seeds or purchase from the nurseries that use natural materials in their plants’ packaging.

TIP! If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil.

Do some research to find out the best time for harvesting your vegetables. Every veggie variety has an ideal time frame for picking, so it’s important to catch them when their flavors peak. For instance, zucchini and baby peas will taste a lot better if you pick them when they are young. At the opposite end of the spectrum, tomatoes are at their best when mature. Thus, you ought to familiarize yourself with the best times to pick the produce from your garden.

TIP! Your vegetable plants need about two or three inches of mulch placed around them. Mulch keeps soil moist for longer periods of time.

Cooled water left over from steaming vegetables can be fed to them as a little snack. For gardenias and rhododendrons, try putting your used coffee grounds or tea bags in the soil so they may acquire the acid they need for proper growth. If you find that you have a fungus problem, try sprinkling some chamomile tea on your plants.

TIP! Get a wheelbarrow, and a stool so that you can kneel down while gardening. It’s rough on your knees to spend lots of time on the ground kneeling or squatting.

Not as difficult as you thought, right? Like other subjects, horticulture has a ton of knowledge available. Sometimes you just need a little clue as to where to begin with it, so that you can “jump right in”. Hopefully, the tips above have provided you with all the information that you need.

 
Updated: June 14, 2015 — 11:55 am
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