Horticulture is a skill many people want to learn but never actually attempt to obtain. Anxiety over failure, due to the care and effort that goes into backyard gardening, usually scares people away. If you want to begin growing your own fruits and vegetables, consider the following guidelines to get you started. Backyard gardening is a satisfying hobby reaping with loads of benefits and years of enjoyment.
- Start your plants indoors by placing them in small containers and then transplant your seedlings outside in your backyard garden. Starting your seedlings indoors gives your plants a better chance of survival and shortens the time between plantings. Your seedlings will be ready go in when the weather breaks or whenever you decide to remove the earlier set of mature plants.
- Use the handles of gardener’s tools as measuring sticks. You can turn any long-handled gardening tool, such as a rake, hoe or spade into a measuring tool. Position the handles on the floor and label various distances (usually 6, 12, 18 and 24 inches) with a permanent marker on each of the handles. You will then be able to easily measure distances between plants while planting seedlings in your garden.
- Just before old man winter arrives, provided you have the room, you can save a few plants by moving them inside. Consider keeping your more expensive and resistant plants indoors throughout the winter season. Transplant your chosen plants to pots by carefully digging around the roots.
- Plants must have a sufficient supply of CO2 for maximum growth. Your plants will thrive when exposed to a healthy dose of carbon dioxide. Greenhouses are designed to maintain high levels of CO2. Small greenhouse kits are available at most home improvement centers for the backyard gardener. With a greenhouse, you can monitor carbon dioxide levels to ensure they are sufficient to maximize plant growth.
- Most people love the taste of fresh mint leaves, but they become annoyed when the plant spreads wildly throughout their garden. You can control a mint plant’s growth by confining the plant to a large pot. If you like the look of mint leaves in your backyard garden, you can place the pot into your garden’s soil and the pot will continue to control the mint plant’s root expansion and keep it from overtaking your garden.
- Invest in a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool. Working so close to the ground can kill your knees, so a light, portable kneeling stool makes backyard gardening work less strenuous. And since horticulture involves the movement of heavy objects and soil, a wheelbarrow becomes the perfect solution and makes for a sensible investment.
Horticulture is an enjoyable, worthwhile hobby. By using the guidelines provided in this article, you’ll become confident in your backyard gardening capabilities and be able to grow an amazing backyard garden. You’ll also enjoy wholesome foods taken directly from your own backyard and be able to provide your own food source for years to come. There isn’t a more satisfying and rewarding experience.