Gardening is well known for its therapeutic benefits and ability to completely relax and rejuvenate those who enjoy taking care of one. Beginning gardeners need to know the answers to questions like when and what to plant, what type of soil is needed and what kind of horticulture equipment they need to purchase. The tips you will find below will guide you through those questions and more.
Select plants that produce a relatively high yield. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Snails and slugs can do irreparable damage to your garden in a single night. They tend to enjoy perennials that have thin, smooth, tender leaves, especially those of young plants. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.
While working in your garden during the fall season, watch out for those stink bugs! They like fruits, as well as peppers, beans and tomatoes. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.
Deciduous shrubs need protection from the cold. Tender shrubs are very sensitive to cold weather, especially those that are planted in pots. Try to tie the tops all together and cover them with a sheet, large piece of cloth, or blanket. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
Instead of leaving clumps of irises intact, divide them so that your flowers can grow in a more healthy manner. You can increase the number of irises you have by splitting clumps that are overgrown. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. As soon as you pick up the bulb, it’ll split into pieces. That’s okay – in fact, it’s desirable. You can replant the bulb pieces and next year you’ll have a healthy bed of new irises. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Replant your pieces right away.
Learn the best harvest time for each vegetable. Individual vegetables have distinct windows of time to pick for getting the greatest flavors. As an example, zucchini and baby peas both have the best flavor when they are harvested at a young age. Let your tomatoes, however, linger on the vine until they are fully ripe. So, be aware of the best harvest time to pick your veggies.
Avoid using broad-spectrum pesticides in your garden. These pesticides can kill the useful insects that work as predators to pests. The beneficial insects, which kill the pests, are much more sensitive to pesticides than the pests. Using them will reduce your population of good bugs, and increase the bad. This can cause you to actually use more pesticides than you originally needed to combat the problem.
Choose one plant and make it the focal point of your garden. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. Frequently, it will be a plant that’s very different from others in the neighborhood.
Your children will enjoy the experience of working with you in the organic garden. A garden can be a great learning experience for your children, and it gives you a chance to bond while producing healthy food.
As previously discussed, gardening can be rewarding, but it requires knowledge to actually make your garden grow properly. As long as you implement the tips and tricks that you learn, you will have great results. Follow the advice in this article and you will be on your way to enjoying a beautiful garden of your own.