Choose higher yield plant varieties. Frequently, a hybrid plant will produce a higher yield because of its disease-resistant properties.
If you have any mildew on the plants, do not go out and buy anything. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. Once every week, you should spray the mixture on your plants; the mildew will disappear shortly thereafter. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.
Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. Many nurseries offer a soil analysis service, which will tell you what nutrients your soil is lacking and what you can do about it. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
Use bulbs to ensure continuous flowers throughout the spring and summer. Most bulbs are hardy and require little to no care in order to develop into beautiful perennials that will reappear each and every year. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.
Garden vegetables should be planted in areas of the ground that receive a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. Many of the vegetables need a lot of sun, so they can grow right and at a faster pace. Some flowers also have the same needs.
Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs from harsh elements. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. This method is much better than wrapping the plant in plastic, as it allows air to circulate, which can prevent rotting.
Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. If you have excess moisture, this can attract bugs or diseases. A common parasite to plants is fungi. Fungicide sprays can deal with fungal infestations, but they are most effective if you apply them before a fungus problem becomes noticeable.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. For example, slugs can be deterred by the presence of marigolds or onions. Using wood ash as mulch around the base of trees and shrub seedlings will also help keep away insect pests. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
You should think about adding evergreen plants that yield berries into your yard space. These types of trees can offer your garden a splash of color, especially during the winter when all other plants and trees have lost their hues. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.
Learn the best harvesting time for each kind of vegetable you plant. Different vegetables and fruits have their ideal seasons and months where they flourish, survive, and are harvested at the highest quality. For example, zucchini and baby peas are best picked young. At the opposite end of the spectrum, tomatoes are at their best when mature. So, it is good to learn about the best time to harvest your vegetables.
One particular plant should be the focal point of your garden. Any great garden design involves using a focal point to grab someone’s attention and keep it there. It can be anything, but oftentimes a plant that stands out from its neighbors will do the trick.
Water your garden regularly and smartly. Take advantage of a soaker hose so that you don’t need to water every single plant individually, or have to keep filling up your watering can. Use low water pressure for your hose so that you do not cause harm to the tender members of your garden. It can water the plants for two hours so that you can do other things.
As illustrated above, there is more to becoming a successful organic gardener than most people first imagine. 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. Using the tips that you just learned you can improve your skills in organic gardening.