Use this article to find some ideas on how to grow a better garden this year. Here you will find out the basic equipment and general techniques that are used in gardening so that your efforts are effective and efficient.
In order not to shock your plants, you have to gradually accustom them to the change of temperature and conditions. Put the plants outside in the sun for one to two hours in the beginning. Over a week, increase the time outside slowly. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. A disease-resistant hybrid plant can be a good option to consider over a more traditional variety due to its tendency to produce higher yields.
Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. Soil analysis costs a little money, but the report can inform you how to enrich your soil and open the door to a lush garden. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. Try something different by planing kale or lettuce inside a pumpkin, instead of using the planter pots you traditionally use. Use some Wilt-Pruf to prevent your pumpkin from decomposing and then you can put your plants right inside. Once you have finished, you can begin planting.
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you let your grass grow, the roots will go deeper and make your lawn more resistant to dryness. The shorter the grass is, the shorter the roots are, which leads to a dry lawn.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it! This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. In addition, your small plants or groups of plants that are limited in number won’t become lost if you have a large garden.
Protect your delicate shrubs from harsh, wintry elements. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. You will protect your shrubs from the cold without having to cover them in plastic, which can cause rot.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. Boiling water is not good for the weed roots and will stunt further growth.
Irises can be easily divided. If you divide the overgrown clumps of flowers, you’ll find that your stock grows proportionally. When the foliage has died off, it is time to harvest the iris bulbs. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Replant the new shoots right away.
All you need is a little homework, some work in the outdoors, and some patience. However, while you watch something grow that you planted, the satisfaction will make it worthwhile.