There is a lot of information about horticulture, but a little time and research will get you started. This article contain a collection of gardening ideas and some horticultural advice that will help you to embark on your journey towards becoming an excellent gardener.
The best way to start a garden is from first principles: seeds. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. It is common for commercial plants to be packaged in plastic that is not commonly recycled, and therefore, it is better to use seeds or purchase plantings only from merchants who make use of organic packaging.
Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. This will allow you to have a ruler at your fingertips when you are working out in the garden.
A great tip to consider when horticulture is to keep your tools safely stored away if you live in a high traffic area. Don’t leave expensive tools laying out; it will be too tempting. Some people can’t resist “borrowing” tools when they see things lying around with no one watching.
You need water for a healthy garden. Plants, just like humans, require water for survival. On really hot days, the soil can dry out, so one must not forget to water the garden. With sufficient watering, a garden will thrive.
Look for evergreen variants that produce berries. This will keep your garden colorful, even during those months when other plants are not growing. Some evergreens that will provide winter color are the American Holly, Common Snowberry, American Cranberrybush, and the Winterberry.
It is just as important to not water your plants too much as it is to provide them enough water to satisfy their needs. You can rot the roots of plants with excess water, as well as killing them through dehydration. Therefore you want to check often to make sure plants are getting the right amount of water.
Before you begin to plant a garden, it is important to build a border fence circling your garden. You need to keep something in place just to keep out any unwanted animals, while also making sure your plants are safe and will reach their full potential.
Don’t cut your grass too short! Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. If you have short grass, you will have short roots and you will dry out your grass.
An easy way to build up layers of plant materials for your compost pile is by putting the material in large plastic garbage bags. You can do this during autumn after the leaves in your garden have been raked. After you’ve raked up the leaves, store them in bags in a relatively warm, humid place. In the spring, this will be the ideal material to include in your compost pile.
Do not improperly lay your new sod. Get your soil ready before you lay the sod. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. Thoroughly moisten the soil. You want the sod laid down in staggered rows, and the joints to be offset from each other. Tamp down the sod so it has a flat and even surface, then using some extra soil, fill the gaps between. After two weeks of daily watering, the sod should be rooted; at this time, it is now safe to walk on it.
Not as difficult as you thought, right? As with many other subjects, there is a ton of advice out there for every aspect of gardening. All you need is an indication of where to begin. Follow our tips to start happily on your way.