Gardening is often a lifelong passion, but with a little bit of research and work, you can get started today. This article contain a collection of horticulture ideas and some horticultural advice that will help you to embark on your journey towards becoming an excellent gardener.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. It is possible to get them to grow in conjunction with trees and bushes already on the premises, or train them to drape over arbors. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will keep seeds hydrated and help them to grow faster. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.
Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. Another option is to protect your plants by lacing them with offensive entities, such as peels from citrus fruit or even moth balls from your closet.
One very good way to deal with weeds is to boil them away. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. Make sure to pour only on the weeds and to stay away from healthy vegetation. The weeds’ roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.
Split up irises. The more you divide clusters of irises, the more your irises will multiply. Lift the dead bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. The quicker you can replant your cuttings, the better chances they will reappear next season.
If you are going to grow peas, start them inside rather then planting them outdoors. When you plant them indoors first, the seeds will germinate better. The seedling sprouts will be heartier, giving them a better chance to grow into a healthy adult plant capable of rebuffing diseases. When your plants are sturdy, move them outdoors.
Make sure you read instructions on products and tools before using them. Garden chemicals can cause skin irritation and eye injury. For your own safety, take the time to read and follow the instructions.
Now, admit it, horticulture isn’t as complicated as you thought! There is all kinds of information available to the avid gardener. Sometimes, you need a starting place. You should hopefully get what you can from these tips.