There’s no better time than now! You most likely have a head full of questions and concerns regarding how you should begin, and then what to do once you actually have. Luckily, you’ll be able to find some answers to those concerns in the paragraphs below. The ideas and tips below will get you started and on your way to a successful garden.
Your plants will respond better to gradual changes of environment. On the first day, place them in the sun outside for only an hour or so. Over the week, try gradually increasing the time they’re left outside. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
While caring for your garden in the fall, you will want to keep a lookout for stinkbugs. This insect will gladly devour your tomatoes, beans, and peppers, as well as a variety of other fruits. If left unattended, your garden could be ravaged by these bugs, so you need to proactively keep their population under control.
Regular weeding is essential to the health of any garden. Weeds can take a promising garden and turn it into a shell of its potential. A great way to get rid of them is to use white vinegar. White vinegar will kill those pesky weeds. A spray solution is much easier to apply than to rid your garden of weeds by hand.
Cooling weather of early fall signals the opportune time to plant seasonal edibles. If you want to find an interesting container for your lettuce or kale, try a pumpkin! Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. After that, your pumpkin planter is ready to use!
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.
Fertilizing your garden is essential. One type of fertilizer that really helps plants grow is manure, but be sure to utilize a type that is commercially composted to reduce the chances of pathogens. There are numerous types of fertilizers available. What type you select is less of a concern; any kind of fertilizer is better than none.
You should think about planting evergreens that yield berries in your garden. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. Some examples include Holly, Snowberry trees, Winterberry and similar plants.
Learn the best harvest time for each vegetable. Each variety needs a slightly different amount of growing time to produce the most flavorful vegetable. For example, baby peas and zucchini taste best when they are picked young. At the opposite end of the spectrum, tomatoes are at their best when mature. To get the most out of your horticulture efforts, find out when to harvest your crops.
As you can see, anybody can garden with the right knowledge. You thought you knew all about horticulture, but now, you know even more! Ideally, you will be able to start horticulture with much greater success after using these tips.