This could be a great time to get started. You may have tons of questions about how you should get started and what should be done first, but don’t worry, the tips here can help. This article includes a few tips and tricks that can help you begin horticulture.
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. You could also repel your pet by planting rosemary or placing citrus fruit peels around your garden.
Use root cuttings to create new plants. Remember that the dormant cold season is the best time to snip those roots. Using a sharp knife, remove the most thick and long roots off the plant. Make two inch segments out of the roots. Using a combination of moistened peat and grit, fill your seed tray and place the cuttings on top of the soil mixture. Then add a coating of grit and peat on top. Leave them in a cool area and in a month you’ll have new seedlings. Plant them separately in small pots until they are ready to be planted outside.
Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. These kinds of pesticides kill the helpful insects that destroy the pests. Beneficial bugs usually have more sensitivity towards pesticides than bad ones. Therefore, if the number of beneficial bugs drops, the problem with pests can get bigger. As a result, gardeners often have to resort to using more toxic pesticides to get rid of garden pests.
Slowly acclimatize your plants to the outside environment to keep from shocking them. Start by placing your plants outside for a few hours only. Over one week, gradually build up the amount of hours you leave the plants outside. If you do this correctly, the plants should be able to make their final move at the end of a week’s time.
If a test indicates that your soil is very alkaline, you can mix the dirt with used coffee grounds. This is a great and cheap way to increase the acid levels in your dirt. The plants will be healthier, leading to more delicious home-grown veggies.
Pick your vegetables when the temperature is moderate to avoid bruising them. Twisting off vegetables causes damage to the plant; always snip them at the base of the vine.
To create a unique English garden, use a variety of plant types and lengths in the same flower bed. Plants that grow to be the same height end up uniform and flat looking.
You need to be smart when it comes to 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. Use a low water pressure to avoid damaging tender plants. Let the soaker hose do its thing for a couple hours, and your plants are watered.
Use cologne or other items with a distinct scent to keep your canine out of the landscaping. This will help mask the scents that attract your dog, and will make your garden a less interesting place for your pet to be.
Now you are prepared to start horticulture. It is amazing how much you can learn, even after thinking that you were pretty knowledgeable. The tips above were meant to give you a little guidance to aid in your gardening endeavors so you can go out and have some real fun!