Many people think of starting an organic garden, but few actually go out and do it. A lot of people feel like growing your own garden is a daunting task because they feel intimidated by the unknown. If you are interested in learning more about organic horticulture methods in a simple and straightforward manner, keep reading.
When fall arrives, it’s time to plant your autumn vegetables. A hollowed out pumpkin can become a festive container for kale and lettuce. Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. Once you’ve done this, you can plant.
Pre-soak your seeds to keep them healthy. Place a couple seeds in each container, then fill it close to full with water. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. The seeds will most likely survive and mature this way.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. This way, when the sprouts start shooting up, you can recall where you planted each plant. This can also help prevent you from losing smaller plants or smaller groups of plants within a larger garden area.
Divide irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
In order to start the best garden possible, remember that you should always start with the seeds and not pre-purchased plants. Planting seeds is the most eco-friendly way to start a new garden. Since plastics that are in nurseries aren’t recycled very often and therefore usually wind up in landfills, you should begin with seeds or purchase from the nurseries that use natural materials in their plants’ packaging.
It is possible to use natural materials as well as other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Plant marigolds or onions around other vegetables to keep slugs away from them. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. You can avoid using pesticides that contain harsh chemicals if you employ these techniques.
You should get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool for garden work. Spending a lot of time near the ground working is very hard on the knees, so a lightweight and portable garden stool will make horticulture more comfortable. There is also a lot of heavy lifting involved with gardening, so a good wheelbarrow is a great tool to have around.
Pick one plant to serve as your garden’s focal point. In any great garden design, a good focal point captures the eye. Mostly it is a distinctive plant that sets it apart from the neighboring plants and flowers.
Water your garden regularly and smartly. A soaker hose can save valuable time by watering all of your plants simultaneously, removing the need for hauling a watering can or hose around to each plant. Avoid damage to new plantings by keeping the water on low to move the water slowly through the soaker. Watering your garden for a couple hours while you are working on other tasks is an efficient use of your time.
You never want to do any gardening with open wounds, so make sure everything is completely healed up before you begin; otherwise, you run the risk of your cut being exposed to dangerous chemicals and dirt. Cuts that are infiltrated by soil or other substances have the potential to breed serious infections. You can get bandages that can completely seal your cut.
Once you understand the advice contained in this article, you will no longer feel so hesitant to try organic horticulture. Follow the tips you have studied here, and your yard will soon be yielding a terrific amount of delicious wholesome food for your kitchen.