Your goal is to plant the best organic garden possible. What do you need to do get started? This article contains helpful adivce to get you started in your organic horticulture endeavors.
Look for the variants of a plant that offer the highest yield. A lot of times a hybrid that will tolerate cold weather or disease will give you a higher output than heirlooms.
Start your plants in containers before transferring them to the garden. They are more likely to survive the transition to adulthood with this method. It also allows you to tighten up the time periods between plantings. Once you’ve removed the previous group of plants, your seedlings can go into the ground.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.
When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Spray this onto your plants about once per week or until it subsides. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.
If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. Bulbs are hearty and will continue to grow every year. If you choose your plants carefully, you could have flowers in blossom from the first weeks of spring to the end of the summer.
Split up the irises. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. Throw out the center and cut pieces on the outside that are new. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. Plant immediately.
Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. This is a more sustainable way to start a garden. It is common for commercial plants to be packaged in plastic that is not commonly recycled, and therefore, it is better to use seeds or purchase plantings only from merchants who make use of organic packaging.
Give peas a head start by sprouting them indoors. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. This method also results in hardier seedlings that can better resist insects and disease. When these pea plants are sturdy, you can place them outside in your garden.
Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. Besides killing the insects you don’t want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects. Bugs that are good for your garden tend to be more susceptible to these types of pesticides, and using them could mean an increase in the pests you are actually trying to get rid of. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.
Use care when you are watering the garden. Instead of watering each individual plant with a can or hose, utilize a soaker hose, which can water all the plants at once. To protect your plants, keep the flow on the soaker down. You can go about your business and leave your soaker hose at work for an hour or two.
You should now feel enthusiastically prepared to enter the relaxing and productive world of organic gardening. If you thought you were prepared previously, then you should be at a pro’s level now! The advice you have received should get you well on your way to growing a lovely and productive organic garden.