Horticulture is a complex process. If you plan on doing it naturally, you probably need to know certain things, such as natural bug-fighting concoctions and the soil’s pH balance. If you are inexperienced with horticulture, making the switch to organic methods may be a challenge for you. Make sure you play for the pros by employing the tips from the text below.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. Now you will always possess a large ruler ready for your use in the garden.
Plants need a sufficient amount of CO2 for proper maximum growth. With a high level of CO2 plants will grow much better. The best way to get higher CO2 for your plants is to grow them in a greenhouse. Make sure to keep CO2 levels high to provide the best growing environment for your plants.
It is a good idea to invest in a good pair of knee pads, made specifically for gardening. They can be very helpful when working close to the ground on low-growth plants. The amount of time that you spend horticulture on your knees can make your knees hurt by the time you are done. Investing in good knee pads will help cushion your knees so you are more comfortable.
Don’t count the fall season out. That doesn’t have to be the case. When it comes to brightly colored foliage, fall is an amazing time of year. Maple, beech, and dogwood display colors ranging from dark crimson to light yellow. When thinking about shrubs, consider barberry, hydrangea and cotoneaster.
One particular plant should be the focal point of your garden. In any good garden design, a focal point will grab the eye and hold it there. Usually this focal point is a luscious plant that is distinctly different from the plants and scrubs that surround it.
Vegetables get softer as the temperature goes up, so you could damage your vegetables if you pick them during the hottest hours. You should also be sure to cut them off the vine and not twist them, as twisting can hurt the plant.
Try to plant an English garden with a mix of plants with different heights, all within the same garden bed. If you use plants of similar heights, the result will be pretty boring and uniform.
Keep your gardening tools close by to maximize horticulture efficiency. Wear pants with multiple pockets or use a toolbox or large bucket. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.