Horticulture can be very complicated, when you look at it more closely. If you plan on horticulture the natural way, you might have to understand certain complexities like the soil’s PH balance and bug fighting concoctions. It can sometimes seem a bit difficult to grow organically for a novice. Keep reading to find out how the professionals do it.
To prevent your plants from getting shocked by a big change, get them gradually used to climate and temperature changes. Put the plants outside in the sun for one to two hours in the beginning. Throughout the week, you should leave your plants out for a little longer each day. By the week’s end, your plants should then be ready for the big move!
Take the proper approach to laying sod. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Pull all the weeds and loosen the soil so the new roots can take easily. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Now make sure the soil is thoroughly dampened. Sod should be staggered in rows, the joints offsetting from each other. Cut away extra sod and save it to fill in gaps you may create later. Your sod should be watered everyday for at least two weeks, then it will root itself and walk on it.
When winter arrives, transfer some plants into the house to save them. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Dig carefully around the roots and transfer the plants to a pot.
A great horticulture tip to use is to always select types of plants that are more likely to produce a high yield. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
Plan your garden before you plant it. It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful. In addition, some plants are so small you might forget you planted them once all your plants sprout. Planning stops these plants from getting lost in the crowd.
If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. Keep the growth under control by growing them in a large gardening pot instead. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Then, spray this mixture onto all of your infected plants once each week till the mildew is gone. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
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. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. Known commonly as climbers, these plants are very versatile, easy to grow, and they will quickly spread out to cover up walls and fences within a single season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Some must be tied to supports, but some climbers use twining stems or tendrils and attach themselves to those surfaces. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. Broad spectrum pesticides don’t only kill the offending pests, but the beneficial ones also. The bugs you need are often more fragile than the ones you don’t: a pesticide could actually kill the beneficial insects while leaving the pests unaffected. If this happens, you just fuel an expanding cycle of needing even more pesticides.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.
If you want your garden to be off-limits to your dog, spray a scented perimeter around it using things like old perfumes or aftershave. This covers up the smells that bring dogs to gardens in the first place, which means dogs are less likely to enter the garden.