For hundreds of years, people have enjoyed horticulture. You can do this for enjoyment or to feed your family. The following article will give advice for making gardening more fun.
Insects and various garden pests can be avoided by making your soil healthy. Healthier plants are greater in strength and resistance to illness and insects. For the most vigorous and healthy plants, start with high-quality soil, and stay away from chemicals. These can accumulate salts over time.
Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. This time, use a pumpkin for the container for your lettuce and kale, instead of plain clay pots. Cut an opening in the pumpkin and scoop the insides out. Then spray the edges and empty inside of the pumpkin with Wilt-Pruf so the pumpkin doesn’t rot. You are prepared to plant after this is done.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Most vegetables need that much sun to grow rapidly and successfully. Some flowers also require direct sunlight for a portion of each day.
If you discover that your soil is very alkaline, take used coffee grounds and mix them thoroughly with your soil. The coffee grounds are a very inexpensive way to add acid back into the dirt. The plants will be healthier, leading to more delicious home-grown veggies.
Try dividing the irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The iris bulbs should easily split apart in your hand. Once you replant them, they will have a good flower show the following year. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. Cut new outside pieces and dispose of the center. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Replant them immediately.
As discussed earlier, horticulture has been a popular activity for thousands of years. A long time ago, it was often the only way to feed yourself and family. In these times, horticulture can be an enjoyable hobby, a backyard source for fresh veggies, or an income generator. The tips in this article will increase the satisfaction you get from gardening. You are going to gain a greater appreciation for the benefits you reap from your horticulture efforts.