Are you jealous of how other gardens look? One might be tempted to believe that the neighbor has stumbled onto a horticulture secret. Creating and maintaining a quality garden doesn’t require secret knowledge. It just requires you to properly be looking after your plants, and a little know how. Information about horticulture is available online, in books and in magazines created for garden enthusiasts.
To prevent your plants’ systems from becoming shocked, you need to gradually transition them from higher to lower temperatures. Leave them outside in sunlight for a couple of hours on the initial day. Then over the next week, gradually increase the time they are in their new habitat. Hopefully, after about a week or so, your plants should have adjusted to the change. Now you can transplant them without any worries.
You may be able to re-pot some plants to bring indoors for the winter. Perhaps save the most resistant or expensive plants. Remember to be gentle when digging up your plants; carefully dig away from the roots and gently place the plant into a container.
For the best results, select the right kind of soil. What plants you desire determines what type of soil you need in your garden, and whether or not it needs to be amended. It is also possible to create individual areas with one specific soil type.
Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. Pay a small fee to have your soil analyzed, and you’ll be glad that you did when you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking. A lot of Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and you can prevent ruining a few crops by identifying the specific steps to take.
As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. This year, instead of using your regular clay pots to plant your kale and lettuce, use a pumpkin as the container instead! Hollow out the pumpkin and spray with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rot. After that, your pumpkin planter is ready to use!
Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. It may also work to add citrus peelings or mothballs to the soil of the plants, because the odor is unpleasant to cats.
Prior to planting your garden, devise a plan. It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful. It’s also a good way to keep smaller plants from getting swallowed up by the rest of your garden.
Many of the tips here are quite easy and don’t require you to have any special talents. All it takes is some basic information and then you can set out to apply those ideas within your garden. Monitor how the plants in your garden respond to any new techniques that you choose to use. If your thumb turns out to be brown rather than green, take corrective action. Be patient, and before long, your garden will be the envy of your neighbors.
Originally posted 2013-11-24 13:29:30.