An organic garden requires your most astute and attentive care to thrive. This can be achieved by using smart, eco-savvy gardening techniques. A good understanding of organic horticulture is needed to grow healthy plants. Follow these tips to make your organic garden stand out above the rest.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.
Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. Now you have easy access to a long ruler whenever you are gardening.
If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. Specific types of bulbs usually bloom at specific times of the season, so if you make appropriate selections, you can be rewarded with blooms from the early part of spring to the later part of summer.
If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Pour boiling water over the weeds to kill them, but make sure not to pour the water over any plants you don’t want to kill. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
Do you hate how fresh mint leaves grow and take over your lovely garden but still like them? Instead of planting mint in your garden, keep it in a large container or pot to prevent it from spreading. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
Separate irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a horticulture knife. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. There needs to be a minimum of one healthy offshoot on each of the new sprout sections. Replant your pieces right away.
If you are new to gardening, make sure you read and follow all the directions on any tool or chemical you use. Failure to follow instructions can be dangerous or painful. For example, some chemicals will irritate your skin if you don’t follow safety rules. Stick to the rules and safeguard your health.
When landscaping and horticulture in autumn, choose plants and trees with vibrant colors. But, that does not have to be the case! When it comes to brightly colored foliage, fall is an amazing time of year. Maple trees produce yellow and red leaves, just like Beech and Dogwood trees. There are practically as many types of shrubs chosen for their fall colors are there are gardeners! Barberry, hydrangea and cotoneaster are particularly popular choices.
Pick a plant that will be a focal point. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. A perfect example of a focal point is using a plant that doesn’t bear any resemblance to those that surround it.
Since you’ve reached the end of this article, you can see now that organic horticulture makes a huge difference in the taste and healthiness of the product. An organic garden is a ton of work to make successful but well worth the effort.