Organic gardening may seem to be a very complicated matter when examined closely. This is especially true if you want to garden naturally. You may need to learn everything from soil pH to controlling pests without chemicals. Organic gardening can be quite challenging for anyone with limited experience. Read on to find some tips to make horticulture in a clean, organic fashion a little easier and more fun to do!
Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. Doing this betters your odds of your plants making it to adulthood. It also lets you have tighter control over the planting periods in your garden. Once you’ve removed the previous group of plants, your seedlings can go into the ground.
Brighten up your flower beds with annuals and biennials. Fast-growing annuals and biennials can brighten up a flower bed, and allow you to change the look from season to season and year to year. In addition, they work well as gap fillers between other areas, as long as those areas receive plenty of sunlight. You should get varieties such as cosmos, petunia, rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflowers or marigold.
If you see mildew that is powdery, stay away from expensive chemicals to treat it. Instead, combine baking soda with water and liquid soap. Use a spray bottle to apply to your plants weekly until the issue clears up. Baking soda is a good way to get rid of mildew on your plants gently.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. Carefully pour boiling water right on the weeds, but be careful not to pour it on the plants you want. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.
Split up the irises. Overgrown clumps of irises can be divided up to increase your numbers of this lovely flower. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. The bulbs should split naturally, and the replanted bulbs will usually flower within a year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Plant immediately.
Think about adding some berry-producing evergreens to your landscaping. These will help give your garden a burst of color, even in the winter months when most other vegetation has lost their colors. A few of the most vivid plants in winter are American Holly, Winterberry, Snowberry and Cranberrybush.
When growing a vegetable garden it can be hard to control pests. Avoid using a bunch of harsh chemical pesticides in your garden. Don’t forget you intend on eating these vegetables. Instead of resorting to these harmful chemicals, you can keep garden pests at bay simply by paying close attention. If you catch them when there are only a few around, you can actually pick them off the plants by hand.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.