Anyone can learn how to maintain an organic garden and enjoy it. If you lack experience as a gardener, it is perfectly natural to be somewhat intimidated by the thought of all that work. How should a novice learn how to properly garden? Keep reading to discover some useful tips and tactics.
Your plants need to adapt and must be gradually introduced to changes in temperature or condition. Put the plants outside in the sun for one to two hours in the beginning. Then over a weeks time, slightly increase their time outside. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. They can be used to cover up unsightly fences or walls. Often, they can grow enough to cover up an eyesore in one season. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. A number of climbers need to be attached to a support, but others just take care of their own attachments via tendrils and stems that twine. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Soak seeds overnight, preferably in a cool, dark place. Simply place a handful of seeds in a container, cover the seeds up with water, and stash it away. This hydrates your seeds and jump-starts their growth. This will also give your seeds a much better chance to survive and mature.
If your garden contains lots of short plants, purchase some gardening knee pads. The amount of time that you spend horticulture on your knees can make your knees hurt by the time you are done. With good knee pads, you can stay in the garden longer, and more comfortably.
Are fresh mint leaves something you love but cannot stand how quickly they grow all over your garden? Keep your mint growth under control by planting them in pots and/or garden containers. If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.
Make sure to fertilize your garden. Manure can be very helpful in growing plants, but it is essential to use a commercial product that has been composted, in order to minimize pathogen risk. Of all the fertilizing options available, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose as long as you use something.
If you are gardening for the first time ever, read and follow all directions and instructions that come with your chemicals and tools. If you ignore them, you can irritate your skin in most painful ways. Keep your health intact and follow the directions to the letter.
Good tools for the gardener include a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool. Gardening can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort. Because horticulture means transporting a lot of heavy things, a wheelbarrow will also come in handy.
Reading this article has hopefully given you some great ideas to begin your experiences in organic horticulture. Working in your organic garden is a hobby that’s both relaxing and fun. By using the tips in this article, you will soon be enjoying the fruits of your labor!
Originally posted 2013-11-13 19:01:15.