Organic gardening may seem to be a very complicated matter when examined closely. This is especially true if you want to garden naturally. You may need to learn everything from soil pH to controlling pests without chemicals. If you are a beginner, take things slowly. Be successful by using the following tips.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. Climbers have many different uses and spread quickly. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. Some must be tied to supports, but some climbers use twining stems or tendrils and attach themselves to those surfaces. There are many varieties you can choose from. Honeysuckle, climbing roses and jasmine are among the best.
CO2 is essential for growth. A higher level of CO2 will help plants grow better. Greenhouses provide the best levels of CO2 for plants. Plants grown in a greenhouse tend to be more lush and healthier due to the improved growing environment.
Use bulbs to ensure continuous flowers throughout the spring and summer. Bulbs are usually very hearty and very easy to grow, and bulbs will grow year after 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.
Do you want fresh mint leaves without having to worry about them growing too quickly? Control their expansion by confining them to a large pot. You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.
A green garden needs to begin with seeds, not plants. Once the plant is healthy enough, replant it in your garden with the appropriate type of soil. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
All of your vegetable plants should have approximately two inches, just outside the stem, of organic mulch placed around them. The mulch will help keep the soil moist for longer periods of time. This method will also prevent weeds. You will save time by not pulling weeds.
Cooled water left over from steaming vegetables can be fed to them as a little snack. Some plants, such as gardenias, azaleas and rhododendrons need acidic soil for proper growth. Increase the acidity of your soil by adding coffee grounds and unused tea bags. If fungus is an issue, Chamomile tea sprinkled on the plant may be effective.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.
Originally posted 2013-09-09 22:39:35.