Gardening is an art and many times, learning to do it right is a matter of trial and error. However, there are some professional tricks that can help you master your hobby more easily.
1. Coffee, grapefruit, eggshells, tea and beer against snails and slugs
If your plants fall constantly sick victim of field snails and slugs these common elements of house (and also ecological) are a good way to get rid of them.
According to Peter Burks, a horticultural expert at Potter & Rest, coffee beans deter slugs and snails.
2. Crush the eggshells to powder and sprinkle with them your garden to give a calcium injection
Like humans, all plants need calcium for growth. Calcium is important in their development and processes and also helps them reduce the risk of disease.
To give your plants that calcium boost, feed them eggshells or even milk. "The crushed and powdered eggshell is good for this but it is better to throw it in the comp of the pots before planting," advises Jane. "Powdered milk can be used in the soil mixture as a good source of calcium," he adds.
3. Baking soda can make home grown tomatoes acquire a sweeter taste
"Baking soda can make tomatoes sweeter - but just add it in small amounts. An overdose can poison the soil -" advises Jane.
4. Rotten cider helps the growth of Wisteria
"Wisteria that refuses to grow its flowers can be treated by pouring rotten cider on its roots," advises Barry Burrows, CEO of Bartholomew Landscaping. However, and although it seems unlikely, he promises that he has produced remarkable results.
5. Coffee beans, pine leaves and mushrooms change the color of hydrangeas
Hydrangeas are fascinating because, unlike other plants, the color of their flowers can change dramatically - and all because of the PH level of the soil. If the soil is acidic, hydrangeas turn blue and when the soil is alkaline, they turn pink.
"Add a few pine leaves to make the soil more acidic or mushroom compost to make it more alkaline," Nicola advises. Coffee is very useful once again, as it helps to change hydrangeas to blue.
"Coffee, being an acid component, alters the pH of the soil and thus (depending on the volume used and the original pH of the soil) is how the color of the flowers changes in blue," explains Peter. But this trick is not just for hydrangeas. He also applies it to rhododendrons and camellias.
6. Cloth and pots with water to keep the soil moist for days
Are you going on vacation soon? An intelligent way to keep the soil moist for days is to use clean fabrics. "The tissue granules absorb a large amount of water and this can be transmitted to the soil or to the pots that need it from a large pot with water," explains Peter.
7. Soak the seeds in hot water 24 hours before sowing them
If you are going to plant seeds, it is worth soaking them in hot water 24 hours before. "It is a method, for some species, of latency."
"All seeds will absorb water when submerged and this will accelerate the germination process," explains Peter.
But it depends on the seed - "absorption in large, hard seeds ends up breaking its outer lining (for example, in the sweet pea). Smaller seeds do not need soaking though," says Jane Earthy, plant advisor and winner of an award for garden design. Nikki Holler agrees by saying, "Not all seeds need to be soaked - some in fact need only get in the fridge to acclimatize to the cold before."
8. Make many cuttings
Some plants such as lavender grow well from cuttings, Nicola explains. "You have to cut them in a specific way and use a quality compost for cuttings. Beginners should consult a good gardening book if they want to do this in other species that require different conditions. Cutting cuttings also depends on each time of the year to grow from effective way, "he advises.
This time of year is a good time to cut cuttings, says Nikki. "When ginger begins to grow, you can transplant it into a pot and let it grow as an individual plant." You can also make more basil species through the leftover cuttings sold in stores, although it requires more work.
9. Plants can protect each other
The Nasturtium has a good reputation for keeping whiteflies at bay, chives can prevent lightning strikes, and horseradish provides protection for potato beetle potatoes, says Barry.
10. Nettles can be used to make your own subscription
Fill a bucket with nettles outside your garden (remember to wear gloves) and cover with water. Cover with a stone to keep the nettles down and let it sit in a corner of the garden for two weeks.
Next, take out the nettles and pour the water over the plants in a 20: 1 ratio. In addition, it will provide an excellent source of nitrogen to plants and vegetables such as kale or broccoli.
11. Make your own compost
Collect soft and organic waste from pruning and mowing and store them in a bag at the back of the garden.
"Every six inches, sprinkle with a layer of this organic fertilizer as they feed on microorganisms that break down green waste. When the bag is heated it is sterilized, that is, the smell is neutralized," says Peter.
Food waste also works well, including traces of raw vegetables, eggshells, coffee beans, tea bags or even the leftover hair of your pets. Put it all in a lot of compost and add grass and weeds. "Mix the compost every few weeks and you will get a good mix in about 12 to 18 months," says Nicola.
12. Coins can help cut flowers last longer
You still haven't tried this trick? The copper of the coins prolongs the life of cut flowers (more information here).
Via: Country Living US