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Tips, Advice And Little Known Secrets About Horticulture

TIP! You can prevent pests using other plants or natural materials. A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables.

There is a lot of information you must learn before taking your garden and turning it into a masterpiece. Even though horticulture takes effort, it is also loads of fun! Following are a few tips that can make your gardening time more fun and less work.

TIP! When you’re out and about in the garden, particularly in the fall, keep an eye out for sink bugs. They love to inhabit peppers, beans, tomatoes and all kinds of fruit varieties.

When you water your garden, do it with care. You can save time by using soaker hoses to water more than one plant. Keeping the water pressure low on your soaking hose will help avoid harm to tender plants. Allow the soaker to stay on for a few hours, so your plants can receive water while you tend to other tasks.

TIP! Many people think the best green gardens start from seeds, rather than plants. Planting seeds is the most eco-friendly way to start a new garden.

Do not improperly lay your new sod. Before laying sod, you have to make sure the soil is accurately prepared. Remove weeds and break your soil until all the clumps are gone. Flatten your soil and make it slightly compact. Make sure the soil is moist all the way through. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. Press the sod down firmly so that the surface is flat and even. If there are gaps remaining, fill them with a bit of soil. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.

Soil Needs

TIP! Pest control is very difficult if you are dealing with your veggie garden. Since your vegetables are meant to be eaten, refrain from spraying them with harsh chemicals.

Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.

TIP! Cooled water left over from steaming vegetables can be fed to them as a little snack. If you have rhododendrons or gardenias, use coffee and tea grounds to acidify the soil.

As the weather turns colder, it is important to prepare your sensitive shrubs for the change. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.

TIP! Broad-spectrum pesticide is not a good garden choice. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests.

Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? You should plant the mint in a rather large garden container or pot instead so you can monitor growth. The container can be planted in the ground, and it will still prevent the plant from dominating the garden.

TIP! Spray fragrances such as old perfume or aftershave on grass around your garden to help keep your dog away from the plants. This will mask any scents that might attract your dog and make your garden less interesting to him.

Split up the irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. Every piece is suppose to have at least one durable offshoot. Immediately replant all your selected cuttings.

TIP! Vegetables get softer as the temperature goes up, so you could damage your vegetables if you pick them during the hottest hours. For vegetables growing on vines, cut them carefully rather than twisting them off to avoid damage to the plant.

With these tips, you’re better equipped to grow the most beautiful garden you can imagine. In learning how to create your dream garden, you’ll also be growing as a person. That’s because learning how to nurture your plants will not only help you reach the goal of having a great garden, but it will help you learn to nurture yourself.

Updated: April 21, 2013 — 3:21 pm
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