Does it always seem like the grass is greener on your neighbor’s side of the fence? Sometimes it seems as if they have a secret to obtaining that lush garden. The truth is there’s no secret to a beautiful garden. All you need is the knowledge about how to care for your plants the right way. You can get started on your horticulture adventure by reading the advice in this informative article.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. Get better results in clay by rubbing car wax or floor wax onto the shovel, then buff off and dig. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
Use pots to start your plants, then transfer them to a garden when they become seedlings. This really increases the survival rate of young plants. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. Once the fully matured plants are removed, the seedlings can be planted.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants. Carefully dig near the roots and transfer those plants into a flower pot.
If you want your garden full of flowers spring through summer, plant bulbs. Since bulbs are easy to grow and resistant to poor weather conditions, they will grow without fail year after year. Various bulbs do not all bloom at the same time, and if you employ this knowledge wisely, your garden can provide freshly blooming flowers for half the year.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. If you want to find an interesting container for your lettuce or kale, try a pumpkin! To use the pumpkin as a planter, it is important to prevent it from rotting. To do this, you simply spray the entire inside and any edges with a horticulture spray called Wilt-Pruf. This is done after you’ve opened the pumpkin at the top and removed the insides. Once you have finished, you can begin planting.
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. Boiling water can be considered as an herbicide, and it is a safe one. Pour the boiling water directly onto the weeds, just make sure you do not damage the nearby plants. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
To ensure a healthy garden, make sure you surround your plants with a few inches of good organic mulch. The soil around plants can stay damper through the use of mulch. Mulch will help a lot in preventing weeds from growing. Time and effort will be saved pulling out all the weeds.
Consider planting evergreens in your garden that produce berries. Your yard will then have bright spots of color all year round, which is especially cheerful in the winter when all of your other flora is bare or colorless. The American Holly, American Cranberrybush, the Winterberry, and the Common Snowberry help provide color during the winter.
To keep your dog out of your garden, spray old perfume, aftershave, or other scented items in the grass around it. This will mask any scents that might attract your dog and make your garden less interesting to him.
Always protect yourself from the sun when you are outdoors working in the garden; you can do this by wearing clothes that will shield you from the sun. Make sure you wear a wide brimmed hat along with sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. If you properly protect yourself from the sun, you will not get a sun burn and you will decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
So, you can see that these suggestions are rather simple and easy to follow. All it takes is some basic information and then you can set out to apply those ideas within your garden. Pay attention to how your plants respond to the methods that you use. Do not waste time with something that does not look promising. After some time, your neighbors will be envious of you!