Many people have enjoyed the hobby of horticulture for many years. Many garden to help feed the family; while others enjoy the sheer pleasure of it. The following article provides you with ways to make your horticulture experience easier and more rewarding.
Keep your clay plots bright and clean by removing salt deposits with a solution of rubbing alcohol, water and vinegar. It is common for build-ups of salt to accumulate over long periods of time on pots made of clay. Clean the pot with a mixture of white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water measured equally into a spray bottle. Scrub the pot with a brush to remove the salt residue. When cleaning is complete, rinse the pot and let dry thoroughly before using again.
Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. Label the distances on the handle with a marker pen that will not smear or fade away. When you are gardening next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.
Water is essential to maintaining a vibrant garden. Plants, just like people, cannot survive without water. On hot days, soil can get dry so you need to remember to frequently water your garden. If your plants have an adequate supply of water, you garden with thrive.
If your garden space is limited, opt for a fruit-bearing dwarf tree. No matter how limited your space, a dwarf variety will usually fit in quite nicely. These trees produce regular sized fruits and produce fruit after about four years from planting. Plant dormant trees in the ground in early spring, and keep them well-watered until established.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface. Either car wax or floor wax will work just fine. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Learn the best harvesting time for each kind of vegetable you plant. Different vegetables have different, ideal times that they should be picked for best flavor. Some vegetables, such as zucchini and baby peas, should be harvested when they are relatively young. The opposite is true of tomatoes. They taste their best if you allow them to ripen on the vine as long as possible. Take the time to learn when your produce will be at its best for harvesting.
As we mentioned before, you can find much enjoyment in gardening, as people have done for centuries. A long time ago, it was often the only way to feed yourself and family. Although many people today still rely on their gardens as a source of food, gardening for the sheer pleasure of it has become more common. The tips in this article will increase the satisfaction you get from horticulture. Enjoy your garden!