If you are environmentally conscious and worried about the toxic effects of chemicals, organic horticulture may be for you. Organic gardeners eschew the harsh chemicals and fertilizers used by large corporate farms. Also, organic gardening is quite cheap on the whole. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Start your plants in containers, and then transplant the seedlings into the garden later on. They are then more likely to survive and to become thriving, mature plants. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. Your seedlings will be ready to go in as soon as you remove the previous set of mature plants.
Take the time to remove weeds. Weeds can kill a precious garden. A simple tool that is useful in removing weeds is white vinegar. That’s right, you have safe way to get rid of weeds right there in your kitchen cabinet. If you are too busy to pull weeds by hand, make a white vinegar solution and keep it handy for a quick spray when needed.
Split up irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. 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. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Replant immediately.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. You can also prevent insect pests by using wood ash like mulch around your trees and shrubs. By utilizing these methods, you will not have to apply chemical pesticides on your vegetation.
Take the time to spread around five centimeters of organic mulch near your vegetable plants. Mulch has a nice moisturizing effect on the soil it’s spread over. It also keeps weeds from growing. This will save you time, money, and effort in your lovely garden.
Take a look at planting berry-producing evergreens in your yard. These help to give your garden nice looking color, even during winter when most vegetation is colorless. A few examples that you could go with include the American Holly, the Winterberry, the American Cranberrybush, and the Common Snowberry.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. You might actually notice more wildlife in and around your garden due to your natural horticulture methods.