Anyone can enjoy the relaxation and fruitful benefits of cultivating their own organic garden. Newcomers to organic gardening, however, can easily find themselves overwhelmed. How then should someone who does not have any experience start getting involved with organic horticulture? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!
Turn the handles of your garden tools into measuring rulers. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
Save some plants in the winter by bringing them indoors. You can save the ones you spent the most money on or the ones that are resistant. Carefully dig up the plants, using caution not to disturb the roots, then transfer into a pot.
Ensure you have the proper soil for the plants you have selected. The type of plants you’re planning to grow will determine the type of soil you need, and whether the soil will or will not be adapted. You can also create an artificial area with only one kind of soil.
If you want your garden to sport flowers in the spring as well as summer, plant bulbs. Bulbs are usually very hearty and very easy to grow, and bulbs will grow year after year. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.
It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. The young plants will survive better, and get a boost toward maturity.
When mowing the lawn, don’t mow the grass all the way down to the root. If you let your grass grow, the roots will go deeper and make your lawn more resistant to dryness. The shorter the grass is, the shorter the roots are, which leads to a dry lawn.
Do you want fresh mint leaves without having to worry about them growing too quickly? Rein their growth; you can do this simply by planting mint inside a larger garden container or pot. You have the option of planting the container with the plant to keep the roots from taking the garden over.
You can prevent pests using other plants or natural materials. Forming a border around your vegetable garden with marigolds or onions are ideal for repelling slugs. Another way to get rid of pests is to spread wood ash at ground level around shrubs and tree plantings. You will be able to stay away from harsh chemical based pesticides by incorporating these techniques into your gardening.
If your horticulture plans include pea plantings, try starting them off indoors rather than planting the raw seeds in outdoor beds. Install your plants inside and wait for the seeds to germinate. You will also have hardy seedlings that will be able to resist disease and pests much better. Once the seedlings have become hardy enough to survive, you can transplant them to your outdoor garden.
It is by now obvious how beneficial and enjoyable organic horticulture can truly be when you know how to approach it. It is quite calming and relaxing to immerse oneself in the rhythms of organic horticulture. These tips are your key to becoming a top-flight organic gardener.