No time is better than the present. You may have several questions on how you should begin and what you need, and this article is the perfect resource for you. The tips mentioned in this article will help you as you get started!
Vinegar mixed with rubbing alcohol is an effective way to clean clay pots of salt deposits. Over time, salt deposits can accumulate on the outside of pots. Use equal amounts of rubbing alcohol, water and white vinegar to spray on the pot. Scrub it down with any brush you happen to have handy, and the salt will come right off. Rinse the pot thoroughly, and allow it to dry before you plant anything in it.
If you have a cut on your hand, take the time to make sure it is either healed or completely covered before you put your hands in the soil. A cut that has come into contact with extraneous materials like dirt can become seriously infected. You can now purchase bandages to seal the cut completely.
A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Tools with long handles, such as a shovel or rake, are absolutely perfect for this job, and make your workload a little bit smaller. Put the handles down and measure them with a measuring tape. It’s a good idea to label distances with a permanent marker. Now you have easy access to a long ruler whenever you are horticulture.
Keep your pet out of the garden with old perfume or aftershave in the grass. Your dog will be less attracted to your garden when these scents overpower compost scents and other smells dogs like.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Just pour out the water on the weeds being careful to avoid any nearby plants. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
Draw up a planting schedule before you plant anything. Planting calenders help you know the right plants to plant each season. Scheduling like this leads to preparation, so you know what and when you need different plants. You can create a planting calendar either on paper, or a computer program.
Bumblebees aid in pollination, so they are quite beneficial to your garden. Unfortunately there are other types of bees are harmful. Carpenter bees, for instance, eat holes in wood to create nests. Overall, most bees will help you, so it is best if you leave them alone.
Irises can benefit from being separated. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. Lift the dead bulbous irises. These bulbs will divide into several parts naturally when you pick them up. You can then replant them, and watch them flower the following year. Use a knife to divide the rhizomes. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Replant immediately.
Mulching is a good thing to do in your garden. Mulching allows the soil to retain much-needed moisture; it also makes it easier to keep weeds from taking over your garden or flowerbed.
With the tips from this article, you are now readier than ever to begin gardening and hone your skills. If you were thinking you knew before, you are much better off now! Apply the tips and ideas you have just read about to create the garden of your dreams.