Gardens are much more than simply a venue for decorating. There are many benefits that horticulture can provide you, besides the satisfaction of seeing your garden looking its best. Becoming involved in gardening is a great way to find peace in your life, and gain an appreciation for the world around you. The effects can be profound, especially if you have any talent at it.
Gradually acclimate plants to temperature changes and conditions, if you want to avoid shocking them. Start by placing your plants outside for a few hours only. Over a week, increase the time outside slowly. By weeks end, you should have plants that are ready for a permanent home outside with no problem!
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. Not only will the clay slide off the surface, but it will keep the end from rusting.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
Try to plan a variety of perennials that are slug-proof. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Others, though, are disliked by slugs and snails. Those with rough leaves or an unappetizing taste will be less desired by slugs and snails. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. This solution can be sprayed onto your plants once per week until the problem is resolved. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
Use the above tips to revitalize your garden. When your plants bloom and come alive you will feel tremendous joy and satisfaction. Horticulture is a potentially life altering activity, but only if you permit it, so why not start now?