For a healthy lush garden, you will need more than a green thumb. You probably want to know if your neighbor just has a green thumb, or a more practical method to keep his garden in such good shape. Truth be told, no such secret exists. All you need is the right knowledge on how to care for your plants properly. Start learning more about gardening right here with these tips.
When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. In most circumstances, a cold-tolerant or disease-resistant hybrid will have a higher yield when compared to a more traditional variety.
When winter arrives, you can save some plants by placing them in your home. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants. Carefully dig around the rootball and replant in an appropriate pot.
Bulbs planted in the spring can flower all the way into summer. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. The types of bulbs you use will determine the time of year your flowers will bloom, giving you the pleasure of blooms from spring to summer, if you plant them right.
You can plant wheat grass or cat grass near the plants that the cat eats. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.
Surround your vegetable plants with organic mulch, a few inches worth. The mulch will add beneficial moisture to your soil. Mulch will help a lot in preventing weeds from growing. You will benefit by not having to spend so much time fighting weed growth.
You should be cognizant of the peak time for harvesting your vegetables. Most vegetables have a relatively small harvesting window when they will taste best. As an example, zucchini and baby peas both have the best flavor when they are harvested at a young age. Tomatoes, however, should be plucked from the vine the moment they appear ripe. Take the time to learn when your produce will be at its best for harvesting.
When horticulture, avoid the use of strong broad-spectrum pesticides. Broad-spectrum pesticides will kill insects that are helpful to your garden as well as the harmful ones. 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. Your problem will only get worse and you will find yourself using more pesticides.
Plan your garden to provide some fall color. However, you can still maintain your horticulture hobby throughout the fall months. In terms of colorful foliage, fall is the time of year admired by many. Fall hues of orange, yellow and red can be seen falling from maple trees, and dogwoods and beech trees offer comparable spectacles. There are practically as many types of shrubs chosen for their fall colors are there are gardeners! Barberry, hydrangea and cotoneaster are particularly popular choices.
Most of these tips are easy to apply in your own setting. All it takes is applying what you have learned after boning up on some basic techniques. Be sure to know the requirements of your plants, flowers and vegetables before you begin planting your garden. If one thing fails, try another technique. With patience and love you can grow the best garden in your neighborhood.