No time is better than the present. If you’d like more information on horticulture, this article can serve as a starting point for you. Below are several gardening tips and techniques that you can implement immediately to be a more effective and successful gardener.
Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Mark the measurements with a permanent marker. Now, the next time you do work in the garden, you’ll actually have a ruler at your fingertips.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Perennials with hairy, tough leaves as well as those with unpleasant taste are not appetizing to snails and slugs. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
You do not need store-bought chemical treatments for plant mildew. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. This solution can be sprayed onto your plants once per week until the problem is resolved. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
It is very important to keep the weeds from taking over in your garden. Weeds can take a promising garden and turn it into a shell of its potential. To do this, think about using white vinegar. White vinegar kills weeds. Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. If you’d like to change things up a bit this season, put away your standard clay pots and plant your lettuce and kale inside of a pumpkin instead! Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. You are prepared to plant after this is done.
You must protect tender, deciduous shrubs. Shrubs that are planted in containers are especially susceptible to frost and must be carefully protected. Fasten the tops of the canes together, and cover this wigwam loosely with a cloth. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
You should make sure to divide your irises. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. Try to life the bulbous irises when foliage begins to die. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. Split rhizomes with a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Each piece should retain a minimum of one sturdy offshoot capable of spurting new growth. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
Now you should be ready to get horticulture. It is amazing how much you can learn, even after thinking that you were pretty knowledgeable. These tips should help get you going in the right direction so that your garden is extremely successful.