If you have visions of a healthy, lush, green garden, there are things you should consider on your way to that goal. While horticulture is lots of work, it is also enjoyable! The following paragraphs are going to give you ideas and insights that you can use to make horticulture fun, instead of laborious.
Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.
Transform your gardening tool handles into clever measurement rulers. You can use shovels or rakes as measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Next, use a Sharpie to accurately label the distance between each one. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
If you start to notice some powdery mildew growing on your plants, there is no need to waste money on expensive chemicals. All you need to do is mix baking soda with a tiny bit of liquid soap in with some water. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
Before planting seeds, soak them overnight. Place them in a cupboard or other place where they won’t be exposed to light. Drop some seeds into a small glass or other container, and fill it with water. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. Your seeds will then have the best chance possible to survive to maturity.
Try growing some cat grass or wheat grass in the vicinity of the plants that your cat likes to eat. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. This allows the vegetables to grow quickly and healthily. This is the same for many varieties of flowers.
Do you want fresh mint leaves without having to worry about them growing too quickly? Keep the growth under control by growing them in a large horticulture pot instead. The container will keep the roots from spreading throughout you garden, and prevent the mint leaves from sprouting in other areas.
Before you start working in your garden, purchase a wheelbarrow and a good kneeling stool. Gardening can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort. A wheelbarrow will come in handy to easily move dirt, rocks and other heavy objects.
Know the perfect time to harvest the vegetables in your garden. Each type of vegetables has its own ideal time for picking for the best flavor. As an example, zucchini and baby peas both have the best flavor when they are harvested at a young age. The opposite is true of tomatoes. They taste their best if you allow them to ripen on the vine as long as possible. So, learn about the ideal harvest time for your vegetables.
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.