As the organic movement gains momentum, increasing numbers of people are being attracted to holistic lifestyles. People living this type of lifestyle typically need to grow herbs and other plants to experience the health benefits, and they have to be grown organically. The following advice below helps to improve organic horticulture skills.
You will need to properly lay sod. Before laying the sod, have your soil prepared. Pull any weeds and break up any clods of soil. Next, you want to make the soil compacted by applying light but firm pressure. Make sure the soil creates a flat surface. The soil should always receive adequate moisture. Lay the sod in straight rows, ensuring the seams meet perfectly. After the sod is in place, go over the surface to ensure everything is level. Use loose soil to fill in any gaps between seams. The sod needs to be watered daily for two weeks, by which time it will be rooted and ready to walk on.
Be sure to get rid of the weeds growing in your garden. Weeds can take a promising garden and turn it into a shell of its potential. White vinegar is one option you can use in your routine weed removal. White vinegar is a weed killer! Mix white vinegar and water into a spray bottle instead of pulling the weeds by hand.
If you want your garden full of flowers spring through summer, plant bulbs. Most bulbs are hardy and require little to no care in order to develop into beautiful perennials that will reappear each and every year. Different varieties of bulbs flower at varied times and if you make the right choices you can have blossoms from early spring through late summer.
Soak your seeds in a dark spot during the overnight hours. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. This gives the seeds a better chance of flourishing.
Don’t over-water your plants, and keep the soil around them aerated. Moisture not only attracts parasites, but also makes it easier for your plants to contract diseases. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. Fungus can be handled with sprays specifically formulated for fungi control, but you must treat the area with spray before seeing any kind of problems.
Irises should be divided. Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock. If you find any dead irises in your garden, immediately pull up the bulbs. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. Use a knife to carefully divide rhizomes. Get rid of the center and keep the new pieces you cut from the outside. Each new piece you cut should possess at least one healthy offshoot. Plant immediately.
A green garden needs to begin with seeds, not plants. When opening a garden, the most green method of beginning is from seed. Many nurseries use plastic growing pots that are very seldom recycled. Try buying from organic nurseries and farms so your garden is not using anti-environmental products.
Think about berry-producing trees that are green year round for your garden. These plants will look good year-round, even during the winter, when your other plants have lost their bloom. A few examples that you could go with include the American Holly, the Winterberry, the American Cranberrybush, and the Common Snowberry.
Controlling pests can be quite challenging when trying to grow a healthy, hardy vegetable garden. It is wise to limit the use of harsh chemicals, because the vegetables will be eaten. One way that you can help control garden pests is to remain vigilant. If you catch pests right away, the easiest way to eradicate them is to pick them off plants by hand.
Your organic horticulture efforts will get easier as you pick up more and more tips and techniques about this activity. There is a lot more to learn about organic gardening.