Horticulture is a very fun activity, and it can be very beneficial and rewarding. Whether you grow flowers or vegetables, there is just something about growing plants and caring for them that is so rewarding. The ideas here can provide some gardening guidance, and give you a little hand as you get started growing your own special garden.
You should purchase a wheelbarrow, as well as a kneeling stool to help you garden. Using a large portion of your time near or on the ground working on your garden puts a huge strain on your knees; therefore, having a portable, lightweight garden stool will greatly assist you in making horticulture easier on them. Also, gardening can involve a lot of heavy lifting and moving items, therefore a robust wheelbarrow can make that aspect much easier.
If you have a smaller garden, put in a dwarf tree. Most gardens, especially the ones in city lots, tend to be small, but there’s always area for a small fruit tree. These trees start to bear fruit three to five years after planting, and produce full size fruit. Keep dormant trees abundantly watered after planting in the early spring.
You can prevent pests using other plants or natural materials. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. Using these natural methods will reduce the need for potentially harmful chemical pesticides.
Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. Broad spectrum pesticides don’t only kill the offending pests, but the beneficial ones also. Many times good bugs will be more sensitive to harmful pesticides than the ones you are trying to get rid of. If your good bug population goes down, your problem will only get worse. This may then lead to using even more pesticides to eliminate this new problem.
As you are working in your garden, you must take care to protect both knees. Bending over for extended periods can be harmful to your joints and muscles. Kneeling allows you to reach your plants easily and is healthier for your back and legs. To protect your knees while gardening, you should get a pad to kneel on or at least use a folded up towel.
Vegetables tend to soften during the hottest part of the day, which means they are easily damaged, even when handled with care. Twisting off vegetables causes damage to the plant; always snip them at the base of the vine.
If you’re growing veggies in the garden, they need to be in a spot that lets them get about six hours of sun daily. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed. This holds true for some types of flowers.
Certain houseplants need to be re-potted; while others hate it when you disturb their roots. Determine whether or not you need to re-plant by looking at the number of roots in the bottom of the current container. If the plants roots take up much of the space in the dirt, you need to plant it in a larger pot. On the other hand, if only a minuscule amount of roots are showing or none at all, then your plant will be all right in the pot it was already in.
As has been noted above, there are many rewards inherent in gardening. Whether the garden is for fresh vegetables, or just for beauty of having flowers, the benefits are clear and never ending. By employing the ideas in the preceding paragraphs, you can elevate the rewards of your horticulture to a whole new dimension.