If you want to be an organic gardener, you need a green thumb, but more importantly, you need a lot of patience. This hobby can help you grow food that is free of pesticides. It actually isn’t as hard as it sounds. Read the tips below to see what you need to begin growing like a pro.
Long plants that run up or around a fence or wall are often useful for masking ugliness. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some require ties attaching them to supports, but others will attach themselves to any surface nearby. Reliable varieties include clematis, honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine and climbing roses.
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. When the grass is a little longer, the roots will be stronger and the lawn becomes more resistant. Short grass means short roots and dead grass.
One way to correct your soil’s alkalinity is by amending your soil with used coffee grounds. Using coffee grounds is a low-cost way to increase the acidity of the soil. This can help your veggies and greens look more vibrant and taste better!
Are fresh mint leaves something you love but cannot stand how quickly they grow all over your garden? Instead of planting mint in your garden, keep it in a large container or pot to prevent it from spreading. You can plant the container into the soil if you want to, but the container will restrict the roots, and make sure that the plant doesn’t run rampant in your garden.
Divide your irises. Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock. Try to life the bulbous irises when foliage begins to die. The bulbs should split up normally in the hand, and should flower when replanted for the next year. You should split up rhizomes by utilizing a blade. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. There needs to be a minimum of one healthy offshoot on each of the new sprout sections. Replant them immediately.
The best gardens will evolve from original seeds rather than transplanted items. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
Organic horticulture uses nature, hard work and patience to support a great hobby. This hobby enables you to grow delicious food in your own backyard. This article is full of advice that you can use, along with a little old-fashioned hard work, to get off to a great start in organic gardening.
Originally posted 2013-05-18 17:27:24.