This article contains tip to help you cultivate a healthy garden. Careful planning will help you assemble everything you need to grow a garden in your environment, and also avoid wasting money on the wrong seeds or unnecessary equipment.
In order not to shock your plants, you have to gradually accustom them to the change of temperature and conditions. Put them out in the sun for approximately one to two hours on the very first day. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. Once the transition is complete, your plants will probably be able to tolerate the outdoor conditions.
Get a slug-proof variety of perennials. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
You don’t need expensive chemicals to treat powdery mildew on plants. Put a little baking soda and some dish soap in water. Once weekly, spray this mixture to the affected areas of your plants, and the mildew should be eliminated shortly. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
When winter arrives, you could save some plants by placing them inside your house. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. Carefully dig up the plants, using caution not to disturb the roots, then transfer into a pot.
Plants all need a good supply of C02 to grow properly! A high level of CO2 provides an optimum environment for growth. The best method to obtain a high amount is to get access to a greenhouse. CO2 levels, when kept high, give your plants optimal growing conditions.
Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. You can put something over the soil which surrounds the plants which has a bad smell to cats to deter them.
Be sure to split the irises. The more you divide clusters of irises, the more your irises will multiply. Lift bulbous irises when the foliage is dead. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Cut new outside pieces and dispose of the center. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
Peas have a better chance of survival when their seeds are started indoors as opposed to outside, exposed to the elements. If you give them a chance to grow indoors where they are protected, they will germinate better. They will also be stronger, and better equipped to resist disease and insects. You will be able to transfer the seedlings outdoors after they become better established.
You should get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool for garden work. Spending lots of time close to the ground while working tends to be hard on your knees, that is why it is important to have a portable and lightweight garden stool that you can use for comfort. Also having a garden usually requires moving heavy dirt and objects, so investing in a wheelbarrow is a very sound investment.
Plan your garden to provide some fall color. However, you can still maintain your horticulture hobby throughout the fall months. Autumn is the most colorful season of all, foliage-wise. Maple, beech trees or dogwood take on some amazing colors. Also, when considering shrubs, try using cotoneaster, hydrangea, or barberry.
Are you ready to do some research, do some work outside, and be patient? Once your garden starts to thrive, you’ll see that your efforts were all worthwhile.