Gardening is an activity that has been enjoyed for thousands of years. Gardening can simply be a pleasurable hobby, or a primary focus to feed the family. Below, you’ll read some excellent tips to bring more of the enjoyment surrounding horticulture into your daily life.
Long plants that run up or around a fence or wall are often useful for masking ugliness. Climbing plants are known to be very versatile, and can help hide any ugly wall or fence, and this often only takes one growing season. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some must be tied to supports, but some climbers use twining stems or tendrils and attach themselves to those surfaces. Trusted variations of climbers are honeysuckle, jasmine, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses.
Remember to remove weeds from the garden. Unwanted weeds fight for the same nutrients that more desirable plants do, and they also are unsightly. Try using white vinegar to get rid of weeds. White vinegar will definitely kill the weeds! A spray solution is much easier to apply than to rid your garden of weeds by hand.
Soak the seeds and store in a dark area overnight. Put a few seeds in a small container and fill it near to the top with water. This will hydrate the seeds and facilitate growth. Seeds that are cultivated this way are more likely to survive and mature properly.
Try to have a plan with your garden. Use your seed packages to make fun markers that will remind you where each type of plant is growing. The plan will also help you keep track of your more diminutive plants and smaller groups that could otherwise become lost among a sea of larger plantings.
Irises should be divided. Overgrown clumps of irises can be divided up to increase your numbers of this lovely flower. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. Make use of a knife to split up rhizomes. Cut rhizomes from around the outside then throw away the remaining center. Each new piece you cut should possess at least one healthy offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
Try placing evergreens that grow berries around your garden. This will allow your garden to have color, even in the dreary winter months. These plants come in several different varieties, including the Winterberry, American Holly, Cranberrybush, and Common Snowberry.
Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. In fact, beneficial insects are more likely to die than pests if you spray these types of pesticides. As the population of “good” bugs dwindles, your garden may become overrun with pests. This can result in your using more pesticides to eradicate the problem.
As already noted, horticulture is an activity that many have enjoyed throughout history. It used to be a way of subsistence. Now, people do it for pleasure, need and even profit. The tips in this article will increase the satisfaction you get from horticulture. Enjoy everything that horticulture has to offer!
Originally posted 2013-05-26 02:41:12.