If you know what you are doing, organic horticulture is a great hobby. The following tips will assist you in becoming an accomplished organic gardener.
It is important that you give your plants the chance to gradually adjust to the change in temperature and conditions, or you risk shocking them. Try placing them outside in sunlight for about an hour or maybe two the first day. As the week progresses, gradually increase their exposure to the outdoors. By the weekend, the plants can make that big move without a problem!
Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. You can also use these flowers to fill gaps between shrubs or perennials. Notable collections include sunflower, marigold, hollyhock, rudbeckia, cosmos, and petunia.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. Many climbers are so robust that they can cover an unattractive wall or fence in a single growing season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Some climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
When gardening, beware of stink bugs and other insects, particularly in the autumn. Stink bugs enjoy gardens, and are especially fond of fruit, tomatoes, beans and peppers. If not managed well, they can wreak havoc on your garden.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. If you leave your grass kind of high, your roots will be deeper and your lawn will be stronger and not dry out. Grass that is shorter has a root system that is easier to dry out.
Sometimes the soil you want to use for your garden has a high alkaline content. Combine coffee grounds with the soil to reduce this. Basically, the grounds resupply the soil with acid. This is one of the most inexpensive ways to achieve this result. This solution will make the vegetables you grow healthier and more flavorful.
Make sure air can circulate around your plants, and keep leaves moisture-free. Moisture not only attracts parasites, but also makes it easier for your plants to contract diseases. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. You can control fungi with fungicides, but you must remember to use it before you notice any problems in order for it to work.
If you have a vegetable garden, one of your main enemies is garden pests. It’s likely you don’t want to spray pesticides around the vegetables you intend to eat. Research the methods available for eliminating garden pests organically. If you discover the pests when they first infest your plants, the best way to remove them is to pick them off manually.
In conclusion, there are more aspects of organic horticulture than one would originally think. While creating a lovely organic garden takes a lot of effort, the results are more than worth the work. The ideas presented above should help you hone your skills and reap a great harvest from your organic garden.