Gardening is a very fun activity, and it can be very beneficial and rewarding. It does not matter if you grow vegetable or flowers, just the act of taking care of a garden and caring for your plants will offer many rewards. This article lends a hand and gives pointers about growing plants and gardening.
To prevent your plants’ systems from becoming shocked, you need to gradually transition them from higher to lower temperatures. Put them out in the sun for approximately one to two hours on the very first day. Throughout the week, you should increase a little at a time how long you have them outside. Once the transition is complete, your plants will probably be able to tolerate the outdoor conditions.
Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases. You want to cultivate quality soil with adequate salt levels, which leads to healthy plants.
When winter comes around, save some plants by putting them in the house. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants. Dig the plant up without damaging the roots and place it a big enough pot.
Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. You can also put something on top of the soil around the plants that has an offensive smell to cats, such as mothballs or citrus peel.
Get gardening knee pads if you have low-growing plants. Without pads, you may have pain in your knees from spending too much time kneeling on the hard ground. Investing in good knee pads will help cushion your knees so you are more comfortable.
Divide irises. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. If you notice a dead foliage, lift the bulb. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Immediately replant all your selected cuttings.
Be consistent with garden fertilization. One type of fertilizer that really helps plants grow is manure, but be sure to utilize a type that is commercially composted to reduce the chances of pathogens. Although there are plenty of fertilizer choices, don’t be concerned with which one you use; just be sure to use one.
As was mentioned earlier in the article, gardening can be a truly rewarding hobby. The benefits from a garden range from being able to eat great home grown food, to having a good looking flower garden that adds to the aesthetics of your home. By using a few of the recommendations presented above, you can turn your garden into a mini paradise on earth and impress your friends with your new-found horticultural knowledge.