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You can use root cuttings to create new plants. Wait until winter when the roots are dormant before cutting them. Use the sharpest knife you have to take the thickest, longest roots available. Then, cut the root to about two inches. First, fill up the seed tray using peat moss and then apply the roots. Afterwards, cover with more peat and grit. Stash your trays in a cool, damp place, and you should have some new seedlings in four to six weeks. Plant them individually in little pots until they’re ready to be placed outside.
Learn the best harvesting time for each kind of vegetable you plant. Individual vegetables have distinct windows of time to pick for getting the greatest flavors. For instance, zucchini and baby peas will taste a lot better if you pick them when they are young. Yet, in reverse, tomatoes must wait for prime-ripeness before they are subject to being picked. Educate yourself about the best time to harvest your veggies. When it’s autumn, you know what that means. It’s time to plant fall vegetables! A pumpkin makes a great container, and costs less than a clay pot. Hollow out the pumpkin and spray with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rot. Finished? Now you’re all set for planting!
If you are going to grow peas, start them inside rather then planting them outdoors. Pea seeds germinate better indoors. Seedlings raised indoors are hardier, too; they can stand up better to diseases and insects. Once the seedlings are sturdy enough, they can be transplanted to their rightful place in the garden. Do paperwork for your veggie garden! Start by listing the plants you wish to grow, and then draw out a sketch of the planting area and section out what plants go where. Remember to take into consideration the plant size at maturity, including height and width, as well as their sun and moisture requirements.
Look for trees whose fruit matures in the fall. You normally think about the beautiful leaves in fall, but there are beautiful fruits too. Your berries will have a range of colors from deep reds to bright yellows, and will last well into winter, allowing your garden to remain colorful, and also providing food for birds. Holly, hawthorn, chokeberry, and crabapples are great varieties to consider using. Put your compost vegetation in plastic garbage bags. The large ones work really well. This can be done in the fall season after you have raked leaves in your yard. Put the bags of leaves in a place that is warm. In the spring, you will have great soil material for your compost pile.
Interested in using Mother Nature to keep pests at bay the natural way? Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. If you place wood ash around the base portion of a shrub seedling or tree, you will ward off insect pests. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals. Think about planting evergreen plants that will produce berries in the backyard. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. Some plants that will provide color in the winter include the American Cranberrybush, the American Holly, the Common Snowberry, and the Winterberry.