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TIP! Long plants that run up or around a fence or wall are often useful for masking ugliness. They can be used to cover up unsightly fences or walls.

There are plenty of sources you can use to collect valuable information about horticulture. You can easily spend an entire day on the web searching for horticulture information that is specific to your garden’s issues. Fortunately, this article provides you with hints and tips to help you start growing any type of garden. Let’s get started.

TIP! Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.

Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. Rubbing wax on the shovel prior to digging can kick this challenge to the curb. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.

TIP! If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless.

Keep your plants thriving through the winter by bringing them inside. It’s a good idea to save any expensive plants or those that will thrive in indoor heat. Cautiously avoid the roots while digging, and put your plant into a perfectly sized pot.

TIP! A green garden needs to begin with seeds, not plants. When you grow a new garden, start the environmental way, from seeds.

Use bulbs to ensure continuous flowers throughout the spring and summer. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Include a variety of plantings to get a full season of flowers, from early bloomers to late-season varieties.

TIP! Interested in using Mother Nature to keep pests at bay the natural way? A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Wood ash also makes a great insect deterrent; simply use it as mulch around your shrub and tree seedlings.

As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. 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. Once you have completed this, start planting!

TIP! Pest control is one of the hardest things about growing a vegetable garden. Don’t spray harsh chemicals since they will spoil your veggies.

If you are looking for an all-natural, organic way to weed your garden, consider “boiling off” the weeds. Any vessel of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. Make sure to pour only on the weeds and to stay away from healthy vegetation. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.

TIP! When gardening, avoid the use of strong broad-spectrum pesticides. In addition, these pesticides destroy the good insects which eat pests.

 

An easy, inexpensive way to give them nutrients is to pour the leftover water from your steamed vegetables into the soil. Tea and coffee grounds can be used to add acidity to your soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons. Some types of plant fungus problems can be solved by sprinkling with chamomile tea.

TIP! Be sure to plant using the colors of Fall. That doesn’t have to be the case.

Vegetables are softer when they are warmer, increasing the risk that you will damage them. Cut them with a tool rather than pulling or twisting, otherwise you could damage the plant itself.

TIP! To attract the right kind of insects, plant heather. Bees love heather, and it’s one of the earliest sources of nectar for the bees when they emerge during springtime.

Spacing is one of the primary considerations when planning an organic garden. Leave a little more space than you think your full grown plant will need to make up for overgrowth. Air circulation and room to grow is important for any plant. Make sure your seeds have a good amount of space between each other for optimal growth.

TIP! To be as efficient as possible in the garden, always have your tools handy. Carry your tools in a bucket, or keep them in the pockets of a pair of rugged pants.

Your compost pile should contain green plants and dried ones in equal amounts. Your green material can be made up of produce waste, used floral arrangements, lawn cuttings, leaves, and other yard waste. Dried plant material comprises shredded paper, cardboard, sawdust, and straw. Do not include charcoal, ashes, meat, carnivorous animal manure or diseased plants.

TIP! You need to avoid chores in your organic garden stacking up. Every time you go outside, you should take care of a few things so that you do not have too much work to do when you have the time to go back to your garden.

Consider solving your weed problem without the use of toxic chemicals. Pile newspapers on top of each other to kill weeds. Weeds can only grow when there is adequate sunlight. The layers of newspaper will kill the weeds because they no longer receive any sunlight. It’s easy for newspapers to break down over an extended period of time, making them great for compost. Use mulch on the top in order to make everything look attractive.

TIP! Consider using botanical pesticides to keep the pest that plague your garden under control. Sometimes natural insecticides are more efficient than the synthetic pesticides you can buy.

Horticulture is an entertaining and rewarding activity. As you learn more gardening skills, you will get better at it. It is always a good idea to keep learning new information about horticulture. Start off by applying the tips that you have read, and you will wind up with a garden that is better than the one you dreamed of.

 
Updated: July 12, 2015 — 7:22 am
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