TIP! Start your plants in some pots and plant its seedlings in the garden. By allowing them to sprout first, you are increasing the odds of a seedling reaching maturity.

Horticulture has brought people peace and enlightenment for hundreds of years. Horticulture can simply be a pleasurable hobby, or a primary focus to feed the family. This article will introduce ways you can make the most of your horticulture activities.

TIP! Your first and best line of defense against pests is having healthy soil. The healthier the plants you grow, the more resistant they’ll be to illness, fungus, or bugs.

Annuals and biennials are an excellent way to add a splash of bright color to your flower gardens. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Some excellent choices include rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflower, cosmos, petunia and marigold.

TIP! When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. A great home remedy is to mix baking soda with water and a little bit of liquid soap.

Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. A number of climbers need to be attached to a support, but others just take care of their own attachments via tendrils and stems that twine. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.

TIP! Deciduous shrubs and young trees need to be protected. Tender shrubs are very sensitive to cold weather, especially those that are planted in pots.

Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. 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 young plants will survive better, and get a boost toward maturity.