Gardening is a centuries-old pastime loved by many people. You can do it for pleasure, or for feeding a family. The following article provides you with ways to make your horticulture experience easier and more rewarding.
Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. By utilizing quick-growing biennials and annuals, not only will you be brightening up your flower bed, you can also alter its look each season and each year. They are very helpful when trying to fill in gaps between shrubs and perennials in an area that is sunny. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
Take advantage of the many colors of fall. Gardens and yards come alive with warm, impressive reds and yellows during the fall as deciduous trees, shrubs, and even vines begin to change color. This change happens because the plants stop producing chlorophyll, and pigments that were previously masked by green begin to show. To raise your chance of a spectacular display, be sure that plants receive a generous amount of sunshine all day, particularly in the afternoon. Ideal choices for your garden are barberry, burning bush, maple, chestnut and boston ivy.
Horticulture is a really great hobby for children, allowing them to bond with a parent. Children usually love choosing plants and flowers. Kids love getting dirty, and when you give them your blessing and work beside them, they have a lot of fun.
In a tiny garden, try planting a small fruit tree. Even the smallest garden has room for dwarf trees. Dwarf fruit trees yield fruits about three or five years after they are planted, but the fruit is fully sized. Keep dormant trees abundantly watered after planting in the early spring.
Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. Tie together the tops. Once the canes are snugly together, put a sheet over the wigwam. You will protect your shrubs from the cold without having to cover them in plastic, which can cause rot.
Try “boiling” weeds to get rid of them. Boiling water is a safe herbicide which won’t damage your garden or your body. Douse boiling water on the weeds and avoid nearby plants carefully. This can cause enough damage to the roots of any plant to kill it.
Plan out your vegetable garden on paper. Make a detailed list of everything that you would like to plant, and include a clear drawing of your available growing space. You can then use that drawing to plan out where each item should be planted. Do this intelligently, taking into account such variables as plant dimensions, and how much sun and rain they need to grow properly.
Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. These types of pesticides also kill the beneficial insects that eat the pests. In fact, beneficial insects are more likely to die than pests if you spray these types of pesticides. As the population of “good” bugs dwindles, your garden may become overrun with pests. Your problem will only get worse and you will find yourself using more pesticides.
As we mentioned before, you can find much enjoyment in gardening, as people have done for centuries. Centuries ago, people gardened as a way to feed their families. Today, gardening is still done for need but also for profit and pleasure. The ideas, wisdom and knowledge shared with you in this article are sure to enhance your appreciation for horticulture, regardless of your personal motivations for gardening in the first place. Learn to value the rewards that come from horticulture.