Gardening isn’t just fun; it also has many practical benefits. Whether you grow vegetables or flowers, growing and caring for plants is very soothing and rewarding. The ideas here can provide some gardening guidance, and give you a little hand as you get started growing your own special garden.
If you only have room for a small garden and want a fruit tree, consider planting a dwarf tree. Many gardens, especially those in city lots, can be very small, but dwarf fruit trees are always welcome, even in the smallest of lots. A dwarf fruit tree will begin to produce fruit in around 3 years, and the fruit will be full sized. Springtime is the best time to plant a dormant tree. Be sure to keep them watered until the roots are well established.
Separate irises. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. When foliage is dead, lift bulbous irises. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Replant the new shoots right away.
Do paperwork for your veggie garden! List what plants you plan on growing, draw your growing area and include what you will plant where. Take into consideration such things as plant height and width at maturity, and required sunlight and moisture.
Some houseplants can’t survive without humidity. To create humidity, try grouping a variety of plants together in a pot. It is also a good idea to repot an individual plant in a bigger container and fill the empty space along the edges with stones or compost. Another way to create some nice humidity for your houseplants is by spraying them with water mist one to two times per day.
If you would like to have flowers in your garden that last through the spring and summer seasons, plant bulbs. Bulbs are hardy, easy to grow into flowers, and will blossom for several years. Find out which flowers will bloom when and then plant a variety, so that you can have fresh blooms all the way through the spring and summer!
You can use rubbing alcohol and vinegar to remove any salt deposits from your clay pots when it comes to horticulture. Clay pots are especially prone to developing unattractive salt deposits. Combine equal portions of water, white vinegar and rubbing alcohol and spritz that mixture on the pot. Then scrub the pot with a plastic scrub brush, and see the salt disappear. Thoroughly rinse the pot, and allow it to dry prior to planting another item in it.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. These mollusks are capable of consuming an entire garden full of flowers in a single night. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.
Mulching is a good thing to do in your garden. In addition, it reduces evaporation of moisture from the soil and minimizes weed growth.
An easy way to build up layers of plant materials for your compost pile is by putting the material in large plastic garbage bags. Fall is a prime season for doing this, especially after your leaves have all been raked. Find a warm spot to store the leaves for the winter. When spring arrives, you will have perfect soil material to add to your compost pile.
Gardening is a hobby that is healthy for you and a hobby that is truly rewarding. Whether the garden is for fresh vegetables, or just for beauty of having flowers, the benefits are clear and never ending. By employing the ideas in the preceding paragraphs, you can elevate the rewards of your horticulture to a whole new dimension.