Does the grass look greener when you look to the other side? It’s possible in your mind’s eye that the neighbor is doing something unique. The truth is that there is no horticulture “secret”. Once you learn some basic rules to follow, you will be ready to plant your own garden. You can start your search for information by using the advice given about gardening in this article.
Horticulture is a great relaxation activity. While there are many different ways to relax, choosing the right one for you is key. Horticulture is an excellent choice for calming your mind and soul. While you do have to invest a little bit of money, the returns on that are huge. Of course the highest return is the peace you will feel from having some time alone in your garden and growing your own plants.
If you would love to have access to fresh and healthy mint leaves from your own back yard, but dread the way the plant spreads so quickly, worry not. Keep your mint growth under control by planting them in pots and/or garden containers. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
Get a slug-proof variety of perennials. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.
Depending on what type of plants you’re growing inside, you may need a humid environment. To create humidity, try grouping a variety of plants together in a pot. It is also a good idea to repot an individual plant in a bigger container and fill the empty space along the edges with stones or compost. The humidity for your houseplants can be increased by a daily mist of water.
When gardening, don’t use any broad-spectrum pesticides. While broad-spectrum pesticides will kill most pests, they will also kill helpful insects. Bugs that are good for your garden tend to be more susceptible to these types of pesticides, and using them could mean an increase in the pests you are actually trying to get rid of. This might result in you having to use even more pesticides to get rid of the pests.
If you only have room for a small garden and want a fruit tree, consider planting a dwarf tree. City gardens tend to be rather confined, so planting dwarf fruit trees can really enhance the appearance, and quality of your garden. Don’t expect your trees to start bearing their full sized fruit until about 3 to 5 years from the time you plant them. Keep dormant trees abundantly watered after planting in the early spring.
During the hotter parts of the day, vegetables are softer, which means even picking them gently can cause them damage. Cut them with a tool rather than pulling or twisting, otherwise you could damage the plant itself.
Most of these ideas are quite simple and require little advance skill. Put the knowledge you have just learned to good use by horticulture in a creative way. Observe the response of your plants to the various techniques you try. Experimenting with already existing plants will only lead to disaster. Have patience, and before you know it, your neighbors will be jealous of your garden.