When you first start reading about gardening, the whirlwind of information can make you just want to stop and do something else, but if you stick with it, you’ll find that it’s not a difficult skill to learn. Hopefully, these tips will help you to improve your gardening skills and become an expert gardener.
Use your tool handles as rulers in the garden. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. Use a permanent marker to label distances. When you are horticulture next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They may also grow through tress and shrubs that are already grown, or you can train them to cover your arbor. Some need to be tied to a support, whereas certain climbers attach themselves to a surface with tendrils or twining stems. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
Your plants will reach maximum growth if they have a sufficient supply of carbon dioxide. Typically, the higher the levels of carbon dioxide present in a plant’s environment, the better it will grow. A greenhouse is the best way to create an environment rich in CO2. Higher CO2 levels can provide optimal conditions for growing plants.
Be sure to do some weeding on a regular basis. Weeds can kill a precious garden. To aid in this venture, you might want to use white vinegar. Yes, white vinegar actually kills weeds! Spray white vinegar onto those troubling weeds.
If beautiful flowers throughout the warmer months are important to you, make sure you put bulbs into the ground. Most bulbs are hardy and require little to no care in order to develop into beautiful perennials that will reappear each and every year. Bulbs bloom during different seasons, if you pick them carefully you will have flowers almost all year.
Not as difficult as you thought, right? As any other skill, there is a great deal of information available to teach you about the subject of horticulture. In many cases, all that’s needed to make some sense of the whirlwind of information is a reference point from which to get started. Hopefully, you received that from the above tips.