Gardening is something people have loved doing for centuries. It can be undertaken for daily subsistence, or just for the simple joys it brings. This article brings more of the joy of horticulture to your life.
Start your seedlings in pots inside and then transplant them into your garden. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. It also lets you have tighter control over the planting periods in your garden. Your next crop of seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your last crop from the garden.
Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. A permanent marker can be used to label distances. Now, every time you work in your garden, you are going to have a powerful ruler at the touch of your fingertips.
In a dark area, pre-soak your seeds overnight. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. The seeds will have a better chance of surviving and maturing.
Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. You can also put something on top of the soil around the plants that has an offensive smell to cats, such as mothballs or citrus peel.
Do not mow your lawn too short. If you leave some of the grass when you mow, the roots grow further into the ground, which makes the grass less prone to drying and other hazards. Short grass on the other hand is more susceptible to drying out.
Start a new garden from seeds. When you grow a new garden, start the environmental way, from seeds. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
Purchase a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool to use in your garden. It’s rough on your knees to spend lots of time on the ground kneeling or squatting. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a portable, lightweight garden stool on hand. A wheelbarrow will help you move heavy items without hurting your back so ensure that you invest in one promptly.
Use common sense when watering your garden. You can water efficiently by using a soaker hose which will eliminate the necessity of watering each plant one by one with a nozzle, or having to use a water can that you have to refill over and over. Avoid damage to new plantings by keeping the water on low to move the water slowly through the soaker. Give it a few hours to water the plants so you have schedule freedom to tend to other matters.
Any time that you are horticulture in direct sunlight, dress appropriately to prevent skin damage. Try wearing a large sunhat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes, and use sunscreen on any exposed skin. By protecting yourself from the sun’s rays, you lower your risk of getting sunburns or skin cancer.
If you want to start a small organic garden indoors, evaluate the amount of natural light that is present. If your residential space has limited sunlight, it will be best that you grow plants that are ideal for this type of environment. You could also consider using grow-lights for this exact purpose.
Create a space perfect for any perennial garden with this easy method. Turn over the soil in your garden so it will be soft and easy to plant before spreading wood chips around your garden. Wait two weeks or so, and then you are ready to jump right in with digging and planting.
As previously discussed, horticulture has been a source of enjoyment for centuries. It was a requirement and a way of life a long time ago. Now, people do it for pleasure, need and even profit. No matter what reason you wish to garden, you now have some useful advice. Gardening is rewarding both for you and all those who see your creations.