It can sometimes seem overwhelming to think about how to learn to garden, but with proper knowledge, anyone can be taught how to grow a successful garden. The tips you will find below will pave your way towards horticulture success.
Your plants need to adapt and must be gradually introduced to changes in temperature or condition. When starting the transition, leave the plants in the sun for just 1-2 hours. Throughout the week, you should leave your plants out for a little longer each day. By the weekend, the plants can make that big move without a problem!
Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. Once the plant is hardy enough, plant it in your garden. This also enables you to close gaps between planting cycles. Once you’ve removed the previous group of plants, your seedlings can go into the ground.
Long plants that run up or around a fence or wall are often useful for masking ugliness. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Be diligent in your efforts to banishing weeds! A vibrant garden will be overrun with weeds if they are left alone. To help you do this, you may want to consider using white vinegar. White vinegar can not only kill the weeds, it’s also a non-toxic spray that won’t harm pets or people. Apply it full strength to any areas where weeds are a problem.
If you want flowers in spring and summer, plant bulbs in the garden. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. Specific types of bulbs usually bloom at specific times of the season, so if you make appropriate selections, you can be rewarded with blooms from the early part of spring to the later part of summer.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Proper sunlight is a prerequisite for proper growth. This is the same for many varieties of flowers.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Plant marigolds or onions around other vegetables to keep slugs away from them. Insects also avoid shrubs and trees that are mulched with wood ash. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.
If you want the best tasting vegetables, learn about the optimum time to harvest them. Different veggies have different windows of time in which they should be picked; it is during this period that the vegetable is most flavorful. For example, baby peas and zucchini taste best when they are picked young. On the contrary, tomatoes shouldn’t be picked from the vine until they are ripe as can be. So, learn about the ideal harvest time for your vegetables.
That wasn’t so hard, right? As any other skill, there is a great deal of information available to teach you about the subject of horticulture. The key is to simply find a good starting point and get going. The tips you have found above should help you do just that!
Originally posted 2013-05-08 22:18:26.