Organic horticulture is very popular these days but many people are afraid to dip their toes into it. It can be intimidating to someone who does not know anything about organic horticulture. If you are interested in learning more about organic horticulture methods in a simple and straightforward manner, keep reading.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. Now, the next time you do work in the garden, you’ll actually have a ruler at your fingertips.
When winter arrives, you can save some plants by placing them in your home. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions. Dig carefully around the roots and transfer the plants to a pot.
Your vegetable garden should get at least six hours of sun daily. This allows the vegetables to grow quickly and healthily. Some flowers also need six hours of daily direct sun in order to grow and blossom well.
Your vegetable plants need about two or three inches of mulch placed around them. The organic mulch will keep moisture in the soil for a little longer. In addition, mulch will help you to prevent weeds. Time and effort will be saved pulling out all the weeds.
Consider planting evergreens that produce berries in your yard. These help to give your garden nice looking color, even during winter when most vegetation is colorless. Some evergreens that will add life to your yard in the wintertime are the American Cranberrybush, Common Snowberry, Winterberry, and American holly.
A wheelbarrow and kneeling bench or stool are smart investments for your garden. Working on the ground for long periods of time can be painful on the knees, so a small garden stool can really allow you to work in comfort. Horticulture also usually requires that you transport heavy loads, such as dirt or mulch, and a wheelbarrow will make this much easier to do.
Know when is the best time to harvest your vegetables. Individual vegetables have distinct windows of time to pick for getting the greatest flavors. Harvesting zucchini is best done when they are small and baby peas should be harvested when they are young. Let your tomatoes, however, linger on the vine until they are fully ripe. Take the time to learn when your produce will be at its best for harvesting.
Pest control can be very difficult when dealing with a vegetable garden. Do not spray harsh chemicals on the vegetables you are going to eat. Remain vigilant to control your garden pests. If you discover the pests when they first infest your plants, the best way to remove them is to pick them off manually.
Once you know more about organic gardening, getting started should not be so intimidating. Put this information to work for you in your organic garden and soon your kitchen will have an abundance of fresh, all natural and delicious produce.