What You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Horticulture

A garden is not just something you do to decorate. Anyone can enjoy this hobby from an amateur to someone with a very green thumb. It can help a person appreciate life and enjoy peace and tranquility. The harder you work at it, the more benefits horticulture will bring you.

To make a creative English garden, include many different kinds of plants and vary their height in the same garden bed. Plants that are all at the same height makes a garden bed look flat and uninteresting.

Know the ideal times to harvest each of the vegetables you plant. Each veggie has its own prime time for harvesting. Some vegetables, such as zucchini and baby peas, should be harvested when they are relatively young. Plant winter vegetables at the right time for a sweeter flavor. So, make sure you do some research, and find out when the best time to harvest your vegetables is.

Choose the varieties of plants that will produce a higher yield. It is quite common to find that hybrids, which are often able to resist disease and withstand cold climates, produce yields much larger than their conventional counterparts.

One good way to create layers for a compost pile is to add plant materials to big plastic bags. This is best done after the leaves have been raked in the fall. A warm place is where your leaf bags should get stored. In the springtime, the bags will be filled with compost that you can throw on your compost heap.

Soil Analysis

A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.

If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.

Protect your delicate shrubs from harsh, wintry elements. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. This is more effective than putting plastic on the plant, it will let the air flow.

You can spray scents such as after-shave and cologne around your garden to deter your dog. By masking the smells he may be attracted to, he should take less interest in the garden plants.

You can keep pests away from your garden by using other plants or natural materials. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. Wood ash, when used like mulch, can keep away pests after it is spread around a tree base and shrub seedlings. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.

Stink Bugs

When gardening, be watchful of stink bugs, particularly in the fall. Stink bugs enjoy gardens, and are especially fond of fruit, tomatoes, beans and peppers. If you do not check, they do a lot of damage to plants so try to get rid of them if you can.

When gardening, avoid the use of strong broad-spectrum pesticides. Broad spectrum pesticides don’t only kill the offending pests, but the beneficial ones also. These helpful bugs are usually more sensitive to the chemicals than the pests, so if you find yourself in a situation where the good bugs are dying out, you can expect the pest problem to grow. This can cause you to use an additional amount of pesticides in order to attempt to fix this problem.

Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. Snails and slugs can do irreparable damage to your garden in a single night. They gravitate towards perennials with smooth thin leaves, particularly on younger plants. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.

Use the above tips to revitalize your garden. When you look at your plants growing and producing beautiful flowers and fruit, you’ll be able to reap the rewards! If you allow it, horticulture will change your life. So get started!

The final touch to your garden project is a wind chime from Chimes Of Your Life.

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