If you know what you are doing, organic horticulture is a great hobby. The following article is designed to turn you into a successful and happy organic gardener.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. Snails and slugs have a good time destroying perennials that are young and have tender and smooth thin leaves. Some perennials aren’t that tasty to snails and slugs since they have tough and hairy leaves, and an unappetizing flavor. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.
Cover any wall or fence with climbers. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some varieties will climb and attach using their tendrils or branches, but some will need to be trained or supported with ties. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. Maybe you’d like to save the most expensive plants you have or the most resistant. Remember to be gentle when digging up your plants; carefully dig away from the roots and gently place the plant into a container.
Plants need C02 for maximum growth. In general, higher amounts of CO2 are related to better plant growth. The best method to obtain a high amount is to get access to a greenhouse. To maximize your plants’ growth, make sure to monitor these levels to ensure they’re adequate.
Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. Contain their growth with a garden container or large pot instead. Plant the container in the ground, but its walls will hold those roots captive, and will prevent the plant from engulfing your garden!
If you want a sustainable garden, leave part of it undisturbed as a home for the wildlife in the area. Wildlife can help the plants in your garden to thrive, as insects support plant reproduction, while the excrement of many species contains nutrients which can help to fertilize your soil.
To keep your houseplants happy during the day, your thermostat should be set anywhere between 65 and 75 degrees. Your plants will not grow well if it is too cold. Heat lamps can be used to promote growth without the necessity of raising your home’s interior temperature.
Plant your seeds carefully, taking your time. To begin with, you need to dampen the soil sufficiently. Next, you should spread the seeds evenly so they can grow with room. The depth at which you bury them should be three times their size. Make sure you are not burying the seeds that need light to grow.
Remember to plan for adequate spacing when you first lay out an organic garden. You can underestimate how much space you need when they are growing. Proper spacing is important not just to accommodate the plants’ sizes but also for air circulation. Think ahead and give each plant room for expansion, by properly spacing the seeds.
Get the most out of what you have, and your property. Landscaping your yard will bring you a big return on your investment. Some investments on plants can increase the value of your property when you resell by twenty percent or more. Select plants that will adapt well to your regional area and require minimum maintenance.
When planting seeds, you should bury them three times as deep as their actual size. There are exceptions to this rule, however. Some seeds should remain uncovered because they thrive in direct sunlight. These seeds include petunias and ageratum. If you are unsure if your seeds should be covered, refer to the seed packet, or if that is not available, look for information online.
As you’ve read, there is more to doing organic horticulture than many think. With hard work and patience, you will be happy with the end result–a fabulous organic garden. The next time you are working in your garden, use the advice from this article to grow things without the use of harsh chemicals.
Originally posted 2013-09-05 06:07:43.