Organic horticulture may provide you with a great way to relax and enjoy your time, or it can be quite a nonproductive hassle. With these tips, you should become a very successful organic gardener.
Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Before planting seeds, soak them overnight. Place them in a cupboard or other place where they won’t be exposed to light. Place a couple seeds in each container, then fill it close to full with water. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. Your seeds will then have the best chance possible to survive to maturity.
Set your mower blades higher, so you don’t cut the grass too short. If you allow your grass to grow a little longer, the roots will go down deeper into the dirt, helping the grass grow better and remain hydrated. When you cut the grass too short, the roots are often not deep enough, which causes your lawn to have dry patches of brown, discolored grass.
Start peas inside in a container, rather than planting the seeds outdoors. Pea seeds germinate better indoors. Seedlings raised indoors are hardier, too; they can stand up better to diseases and insects. You can transplant the seedlings outside after they are sturdy enough.
The nutrients from vegetables can help. If you steam your vegetables, you can pour the remaining water around them. If you grow rhododendrons, azaleas or gardenias, increase the acid in your your soil by working in coffee or tea grounds. If fungus is ravaging your potted plants, sprinkle a bit of Chamomile tea on them, and see if it helps.
Use gardening as a way to relax and recuperate. There are a variety of ways to find peace and relaxation on a personal level. Of these, gardening is by far one of the most enjoyable and easiest to start. You do not need to spend a lot of money and you can reap tangible benefits. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect is the sense of peace and calm that comes from nurturing your plants.
Choose one plant and make it the focal point of your garden. In any good garden design, a focal point will grab the eye and hold it there. Usually this is a big plant that is somewhat different from the other plants in the garden.
As you can see, there is a lot more to organic horticulture than most people think. Organic horticulture demands hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity, but your sacrifices will be rewarded when you can look out of your bedroom window and see a stunning organic garden in your own backyard, that you created with your own bare hands. By applying the advice of the preceding paragraphs, you’ll set sail for a beautiful organic horticulture horizon.