Starting and maintaining an organic garden requires a lot of patience, and an affinity for growing plants. It’s a fun activity that will allow you to enjoy nutritious food that’s free of pesticides. Easier said than done, right? Continue on for some helpful advice that will have you horticulture like a pro.
Learn about plant varieties so you can choose the ones with the best yields. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.
The handles on your horticulture tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Next, use a Sharpie to accurately label the distance between each one. When you decide to work in the garden again, you will now have a ruler at your disposal.
Yes, you really have to weed. A vibrant garden will be overrun with weeds if they are left alone. White vinegar is a pesticide-free way to battle weeds. White vinegar is natural, very inexpensive, and can really kill the weeds! If you are too busy to pull weeds by hand, make a white vinegar solution and keep it handy for a quick spray when needed.
If you learn that your soil has a high amount of alkaline, mix some used coffee grounds into it. This is an easy and inexpensive solution to increase the acid content back into the soil. The right soil will make your vegetables taste better and make your flowers more vibrant and aromatic.
Deciduous shrubs need protection from the cold. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. Considering that boiling water is rather safe, you don’t have to worry about toxins in your soil or at your dinner table. Make sure to pour only on the weeds and to stay away from healthy vegetation. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
If your horticulture plans include pea plantings, try starting them off indoors rather than planting the raw seeds in outdoor beds. If you plant them inside, they might germinate more effectively. This method also results in hardier seedlings that can better resist insects and disease. Take the seedlings outdoors once they look strong enough.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides in the garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides will kill insects that are helpful to your garden as well as the harmful ones. Useful insects are more sensitive to these pesticides than the pests, so by killing them, you could be growing your pest population. This can cause you to use an additional amount of pesticides in order to attempt to fix this problem.
Plant with the colors of autumn in mind. However, that does not have to be the case! If you plan properly, you can make your fall garden the most colorful time of the year. Maple, Beech and Dogwood trees are available in a number of fall colors, varying from bright yellow to rich crimson. Shrubs such as barberry, cotoneaster and hydrangea all have gorgeous fall foliage.
To garden properly in an organic fashion, requires a lot of patience, a lot of elbow grease and even more know-how. A hobby that results in growing something delicious to eat. Being a competent organic gardener can be achieved by simply putting in some effort, and learning a few helpful tips.