Depending on the effort you put into it, an organic garden can be a great pleasure or a great pain. Here are some suggestions to get you on the right path to successful organic horticulture.
Transform your gardening tool handles into clever measurement rulers. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments. Lay the handles on the floor, then run the measuring tape down next to them. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.
Use climbers for covering fences and walls. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. Some varieties of these plants will have to be tethered to some sort of support, but other varieties will be able to attach to the medium they are climbing. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.
For the right results, get the right type of soil. The soil that is already in your garden might need amending, depending on the particular plants that you want to grow. You can simply use one type of soil to make an artificial area.
When you mow your lawn, do not mow it close to the ground. Higher grass has deeper roots, meaning a healthier lawn that will be less likely to dry out. If you have short grass, you will have short roots and you will dry out your grass.
Always fertilize your garden. If you decide to use manure, which is great for your plants, choose a pathogen free commercial product. There are many fertilizer options available, though in reality, whatever type you choose will do the job as long as you are using something.
Know when is the best time to harvest your vegetables. Every vegetable has a proper time to be picked in order to capture the perfect flavor. Baby peas, for example have much better flavor if they are harvested early in the ripening process, as does zucchini. The opposite is true of tomatoes. They taste their best if you allow them to ripen on the vine as long as possible. To get the most out of your horticulture efforts, find out when to harvest your crops.
It can be tough to keep insects and other plant-ruining crawlies from infesting your garden. It’s likely you don’t want to spray pesticides around the vegetables you intend to eat. You can prevent pests from appearing in the garden by adopting a vigilant attitude. Taking the pests off of the plants by hand is one of the best fixes if you are able to catch the infestation in its early stages.
Get your kids to help you grow your organic garden. A garden can provide a wonderful learning experience for children, and will give you an opportunity to bond with them while you produce healthy food.
If you want a sustainable garden, leave a part of it undisturbed for wildlife to enjoy. You will find that many of the supporting cast of insects and birds that aid in plant production and pollination will be present on your land and actually help your developed gardens to produce better.
If you are growing plants inside of your home, you need to keep the thermostat set to 65 to 75 degrees during the day. Plants require a warmer climate to grow. If your thermostat is normally kept lower in winter, you can use a heat lamp to keep your plants warm enough.
You should work efficiently, instead of working hard in your garden, to simplify things. Don’t waste your time by looking all over for your tools. Prepare all of your tools prior to working in the garden, and then put them away neatly when finished. Wear pants with several pockets or use a tool belt.
As you can see, there is a lot more to organic gardening than most people think. It requires patience and work, but it’s worth it to have a successful organic garden. By following the above tips, you are well on your way to increasing your organic gardening skills.