Gardening is something that people have enjoyed for centuries. You can do this for enjoyment or to feed your family. The following article provides you with ways to make your gardening experience easier and more rewarding.
Select plants that produce a relatively high yield. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
A good way to ensure that your seeds sprout effectively is to start them in smaller pots and then transplant them once they reach the seedling stage. Once the plant is hardy enough, plant it in your garden. This also enables you to close gaps between planting cycles. You will have healthy seedlings that are ready to be planted when you get rid of old plants.
Starting a garden with the best soil is a great defense mechanism against pests. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. To give your garden the best chance of yielding the healthiest plants, start with a high-quality soil that has fewer chemicals which over time will accumulate salts.
Annuals and biennials are an excellent way to add a splash of bright color to your flower gardens. These biennials and annuals are fast-growing, and they allow you to brighten up your flower bed with a change for each season. They are very useful for filling in the gaps between perennials and shrubs in a sunny area. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
Irises should be divided. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. When the foliage has died off, it is time to harvest the iris bulbs. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Use a knife to carefully divide rhizomes. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. There needs to be a minimum of one healthy offshoot on each of the new sprout sections. Replant them immediately.
Start peas inside in a container, rather than planting the seeds outdoors. The seeds will have a better germination rate if you start them indoors. They will also be healthier and hardier, allowing them to better resist pests and disease. Take the seedlings outdoors once they look strong enough.
Pouring the excess water from your dinner of steamed veggies on them can help. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds. Chamomile tea is a good remedy against fungus.
Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. Broad-spectrum pesticides will kill insects that are helpful to your garden as well as the harmful ones. Good bugs are often more sensitive to pesticides than their bad counterparts, so if the population of good bugs goes down, the pest problem can grow. If you respond to the growing pest problem with more broad-spectrum pesticide, you only continue the harmful cycle.
As noted previously, people have enjoyed gardening for many centuries. Long ago, gardening was a necessity and a routine part of life. These days, people garden for a number of reasons, whether it’s need, pleasure or profit. The information here can help you deepen your love of gardening and the joys it brings. Enjoy everything that gardening has to offer!