Gardening can be therapeutic and stress relieving. Just a few of the common questions gardeners have are what type of soil to use, what kind of equipment is needed, and when is the best time for planting seeds. This article provides key tips for horticulture aficionados.
Mulching is essential when horticulture. Mulching allows the soil to retain much-needed moisture; it also makes it easier to keep weeds from taking over your garden or flowerbed.
If you want your garden to sport flowers in the spring as well as summer, plant bulbs. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.
You should plant larger plants in the fall. This will allow strong root development. The ground will still be warm and allow the roots to develop without wasting any energy on leaves, since the air temperature will be too low.
Place plant materials in big plastic trash bags, so that you can build layers of this material for use in your compost pile. You can do this during the fall once the leaves have been raked. Put the bags of leaves in a place that is warm. Come spring time, you will be ready to compost the leaves, which creates ready-made soil.
When you grow veggies in a garden, you need to ensure they get at least six hours of good sunlight each day. Most vegetables require this amount of sun in order to grow properly and at a quicker pace. Some flowers also require direct sunlight for a portion of each day.
Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. The clay won’t stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
Try using root cuttings to grow new plants. Sever the roots during the coldest months, when they’re in hibernation. Start by using a sharpened knife to separate the plant from the largest roots. Cut roots into lengths of two inches. Place the roots into seed trays with peat and grit. Carefully cover the cuttings with a fine layer of grit and peat. Leave the root cuttings in a cool area and you will have brand new seedlings within a month. When they sprout, it’s important that you plant each seedling in a separate larger tray or flower pot until it’s time to put them outside.
In order to get salt deposits off of clay pots, use rubbing alcohol and vinegar. When you have plants in clay pots, ugly looking salt deposits may accumulate on the outside after a while. Spray the inside of the pot with a mixture containing water, vinegar and rubbing alcohol; all in equal parts. Scrub it down with any brush you happen to have handy, and the salt will come right off. When cleaning is complete, rinse the pot and let dry thoroughly before using again.
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you leave your grass kind of high, your roots will be deeper and your lawn will be stronger and not dry out. When grass is cut too low the roots will not grow as deep, and your lawn may suffer from brown patches.
As mentioned earlier, gardening is a great hobby that benefits highly from increased knowledge about it. You can produce a top notch garden, if you have the right advice. Apply the garden laid out here and you will soon enjoy a gorgeous garden you grew yourself.