Does everyone else’s grass always seem to look greener? You might imagine that all your neighbors have some top-secret formula that keeps their grass and garden looking so much better than yours. There is not a secret behind having a wonderful garden. It just takes knowledge and understanding proper plant care. Get started on your path to horticulture glory with this article full of helpful advice.
Healthy soil will also assist in your battle against pests. If you create healthy plants, they are going to be stronger and therefore, less likely to succumb to diseases and insects. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. You can actually get an analysis of soil for a little fee, and with the report you get back you can figure out how to create a vibrant garden by enriching it properly. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
Fall edibles are a wonderful addition to your garden. If you want to find an interesting container for your lettuce or kale, try a pumpkin! Simply carve open the top of a pumpkin so you can remove the innards, and then spray inside and out with something like Wilt-Pruf to prevent pumpkin rotting. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
If you learn that your soil has a high amount of alkaline, mix some used coffee grounds into it. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. This can help your veggies and greens look more vibrant and taste better!
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Tie the canes together, and drape a sheet or blanket over the top of the wigwam. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
You should make sure to divide your irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. If you notice a dead foliage, lift the bulb. The bulbs split in your hand, then you replant them, and they will most likely flower next year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Discard the center and cut pieces from the exterior. There needs to be a minimum of one healthy offshoot on each of the new sprout sections. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
The techniques discussed here have been pretty straight-forward and easy to follow. Now that you have learned what to do, it is time to apply it. Just be sure to keep a close eye on your plants and see how they respond to the various methods you apply to them. If you find that one thing does not work, you should try something different. Be patient, and before long, your garden will be the envy of your neighbors.