There are a lot of methods out there for creating a brilliant organic garden. You just need to learn what you can do, and then do it.
When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. Frequently, a hybrid that is able to deal with extreme temperatures will bring higher yields than the more traditional variety of a plant.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly. This is true of some flowers.
Using boiling water to kill weeds is both efficient and organic. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Carefully pour boiling water right on the weeds, but be careful not to pour it on the plants you want. This can cause enough damage to the roots of any plant to kill it.
Aerate and dry your plants each day. Many diseases, as well as most parasites, prefer moisture. In fact, fungi love a wet plant and can cause a great deal of damage. It is possible to get rid of fungi after it appears with anti-fungal sprays, but it’s better to spray at-risk areas before fungi appear.
Be sure to plant using the colors of Fall. However, you can still maintain your horticulture hobby throughout the fall months. Fall foliage provides for the most colorful season of the year. Maple, Beech and Dogwood trees are available in a number of fall colors, varying from bright yellow to rich crimson. When selecting shrubs that will be colorful during the fall, consider hydrangea, barberry, or cotoneaster.
Mixing a variety of plants at different heights is how you can make a very interesting English garden. If you use plants of similar heights, the result will be pretty boring and uniform.
After your seeds sprout, the containers do not need to stay as warm as they once did. To ensure that your plants do not suffer shock, start eliminating the use of a heat source. Take any plastic film off of your containers because they hold in heat and humidity. Watch the seeds so you can know when you do this.
Pine needles should not be overlooked as a great source for mulch. Some plants are more acidic, and prefer soil that contains higher acidic levels. If you have acid loving plants, use pine needles as a mulch. Cover the surface of the ground with a two-inch layer of the pine needles; as the needles break down, they will release acid into the soil and nourish your plants.
Put used coffee grounds on the soil. Coffee grounds have nitrogen that plants will utilize. Usually, nitrogen is limited with a plant, but using coffee grounds, diluted urea, or compost can make your plants grow faster and taller.
Build raised beds with untreated stone, brick or wood. Choose a wood that is resistant to rot and does not contain any chemicals. Cypress, locust and cedar are all great examples of what woods to use when building a raised bed. Take care to avoid wood that has been chemically treated when your garden will hold vegetables, since unknown substances in the wood can make their way into your future food. If you are already using treated lumber, you can use plastic liners, or a different barrier, in order to protect your garden.
Anyone can have a garden, but it takes knowledge to have a productive and healthy one. Put these organic gardening tips to use.