If you are careful, and use appropriate gardening techniques, it will show. It demonstrates that you are concerned about the environment as well as the health of your plants. Gardening is an admirable activity. Just like everything else in life, there’s always room for improvement. Below are a collection of organic horticulture tips that will help you to develop your talent.
Shoveling clay soil is tiresome since clay is hard, and it can also stick to your shovel for twice the difficulty. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Achillea, euphorbia, helleborus, heuchera and campanula are good choices that slugs don’t like.
Your plants will reach maximum growth if they have a sufficient supply of carbon dioxide. With a high level of CO2 plants will grow much better. A greenhouse will provide plants with an environment rich in carbon dioxide. In this environment, the CO2 levels are kept high so the plants can experience optimal growing conditions.
Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. Place some seeds in your smaller pots and add water almost to the brim. This will keep seeds hydrated and help them to grow faster. Seeds that are cultivated this way are more likely to survive and mature properly.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. Cutting your grass at a taller height allows grass roots to grow deeper and stronger, which helps lessen the chance of your lawn drying out easily. The shorter the grass is, the shorter the roots are, which leads to a dry lawn.
Don’t you hate it how fresh mint leaves take over all of your garden, even though you love them? Rein in their growth by planting the mint in a large pot or garden container instead. The container can be planted in the ground, and it will still prevent the plant from dominating the garden.
Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. Using wood ash as mulch around the base of trees and shrub seedlings will also help keep away insect pests. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.
Try growing your peas indoors for the first couple months. Install your plants inside and wait for the seeds to germinate. They will also be stronger, and better equipped to resist disease and insects. Once your seedlings are sturdy, you can then move them outside.
Place a few inches of organically based mulch around your vegetable plants. The mulch will keep the soil around the plants moist a little longer. It also helps prevent weeds from growing. This can save you a lot of time and effort in pulling out the weeds.
Controlling pests can be quite challenging when trying to grow a healthy, hardy vegetable garden. It’s wise to avoid harsh insecticides if you plan on consuming your fresh fruits and vegetables. Persistence and care is a much better solution for pest control, but many avoid it because it actually requires some work on their behalf. When you see bugs, remove them by hand before they have a chance of spreading.
You have the tools, the products, and the skill set to apply those tips to your organic garden. Then you are ready to start horticulture. Learning is a never-ending process. The tips you have read above, of course, cover just the basics. You may have even found something new to employ in your own organic garden.