Learning about horticulture is a long process. You will become skilled if you invest enough time and efforts. We truly hope that these tips will get you started on a lifetime of successful, happy, gardening and learning.
Choose plant strains that will give you the best harvest with the biggest yield. Many times, hybrid plants tend to resist disease, and tolerate the cold weather better than their traditional counterparts, resulting in higher yields.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. Certain perennials that don’t have tough leaves are especially tasty to snails and slugs. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.
Be sure to get rid of the weeds growing in your garden. Those nasty weeds can turn your beautiful garden into a scruffy version of its former self. White vinegar has been known to kill weeds quickly. White vinegar is a weed killer! A spray solution is much easier to apply than to rid your garden of weeds by hand.
Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. Additionally, use your cat’s keen sense of smell to your advantage. Citrus fruit peels and mothballs both smell horrible to cats, so put them on the soil near the plants your cat likes to eat.
If you find that you have soil that has high amounts of alkaline, mix used coffee grounds throughout the soil. This is a simple way to replenish your soil with acid. The greens and vegetables need the proper balance and will grow bigger and stronger with the right mix.
Don’t plant a garden without planning it. Use this to remind you where certain things were planted, later when they start sprouting. The plan will also help you keep track of your more diminutive plants and smaller groups that could otherwise become lost among a sea of larger plantings.
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. The safest herbicide that you can probably find is a cup of boiling water. All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the plants you want to keep. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
If you would love to have access to fresh and healthy mint leaves from your own back yard, but dread the way the plant spreads so quickly, worry not. You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. If you would like the mint leaves to still be in the ground, simply plant the container, and the leaves will stay within the boundaries of the pot.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Another way to get rid of pests is to spread wood ash at ground level around shrubs and tree plantings. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.
Not as difficult as you thought, right? Like all subjects, horticulture is a vast world which has a lot of information available to sift through. Often, you only need a little mental nudge or insight that will empower you to get moving. The advice you read probably provided that, so start that garden right now!