Having healthy soil in your garden will help your plants avoid insect pests. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. For the most vigorous and healthy plants, start with high-quality soil, and stay away from chemicals. These can accumulate salts over time.
Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. Fast-growing annuals and biennials can brighten up a flower bed, and allow you to change the look from season to season and year to year. In addition, they work well as gap fillers between other areas, as long as those areas receive plenty of sunlight. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
You do not need store-bought chemical treatments for plant mildew. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. This method is not going to cause any damages to your plants and the mildew will go away slowly.
Check your soil before you begin planting your garden. You can obtain a soil analysis for a nominal fee. Using that report, you can amend your soil as needed for a thriving garden. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
If beautiful flowers throughout the warmer months are important to you, make sure you put bulbs into the ground. These are hearty choices, choices that will reward you for years despite the little effort that is involved in their care. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.
If your garden includes vegetables, make sure you plant them in a location whether they are exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. Many veggies require this amount to properly grow at a faster pace. Many flowers also require adequate sunlight to flourish.
Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. Delicate shrubs that are sitting in pots should be sheltered from the cold weather. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. You will protect your shrubs from the cold without having to cover them in plastic, which can cause rot.
You should start pea seedlings indoors instead of planting them outside right at the start. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. The seedling may also be hardier, which means that they can better resist disease and attacks from pests. Once the seedlings are sturdy enough, they can be transplanted to their rightful place in the garden.
You now know the basics of organic horticulture and can get started soon. Even veteran organic gardeners might have learned a thing or two. These tips should have helped you get started growing a lovely organic garden.