Horticulture has been enjoyed by many people through the ages. You can do this for enjoyment or to feed your family. The following article provides you with ways to make your gardening experience easier and more rewarding.
All plants need an adequate supply of carbon dioxide in order to thrive. The majority of plants grow much better when CO2 levels are at their highest. Growing plants in a greenhouse is the best way to contain CO2 for use by your plants. CO2 levels, when kept high, give your plants optimal growing conditions.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. This is more effective than putting plastic on the plant, it will let the air flow.
Try and maintain daily aerated and dried plants. If you have excess moisture, this can attract bugs or diseases. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom is fungi. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
There are several all-natural ways to keep pests out of your garden, including certain plants. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
Give them a nutritious drink by using the water that you boiled your veggies in. You can also use tea or coffee grounds to acidify soil for plants such as rhododendrons and gardenias. Chamomile tea can be used as an effective fungicide for potted plants.
Spray fragrances such as old perfume or aftershave on grass around your garden to help keep your dog away from the plants. This can make scents that dogs are attracted to, and make your garden less interesting in general for pets.
You can help to prevent your plants from developing diseases with aspirin water. Dissolve aspirin (1.5 pills per 2 gallons of water) in a bucket and administer to your plants. Spray the plants with the aspirin water to assist plants in battling disease. Try spraying your plants with this around every three weeks.
Learn to work efficiently. Do not spend half an hour looking everywhere for a tool. Set up the tools you will need for your day prior to hitting the garden, then put them away neatly at the end of your gardening session. You can use a tool belt for this purpose, or choose pants that contain several large pockets.
Coffee grounds are a great addition to soil. Coffee has a lot of essential nutrients that plants need. Usually, nitrogen is limited with a plant, but using coffee grounds, diluted urea, or compost can make your plants grow faster and taller.
When developing your compost pile, use equal measures of dried and green material. Green plant material can include items such as leftover produce waste, grass clippings and leaves. Paper and straw are dry plant materials. Never use ashes, meat, charcoal, diseased plants or carnivorous animal manure in your compost pile.
As noted previously, people have enjoyed gardening for many centuries. Back in the day, horticulture was a necessary in order to survive. Now, people do it for pleasure, need and even profit. This advice gives you the capability of becoming a much better gardener, and allowing you enjoy your hard work. Learn to value the rewards that come from gardening.