To be successful in organic horticulture, you need patience and persistence. A green thumb also helps considerably. Horticulture is a hobby which can grow healthy produce that is pesticide free. However, organic horticulture can seem quite daunting, especially if you do not possess the proverbial green thumb. Enjoy the following article that will help you become an expert organic gardener.
When the fall season approaches, you must prepare to plant your favorite fall veggies and other edibles. This year, instead of using your regular clay pots to plant your kale and lettuce, use a pumpkin as the container instead! When you have finished cutting and cleaning the pumpkin, spray it with some liquid that will stave off wilting to keep it from rotting. When you finish this, you can plant!
Soak the seeds and store in a dark area overnight. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. The water will hydrate the sends, giving them a head start once you plant them. This way, the seeds you have planted will have some chance of growing.
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. This way, you will remember the places you planted your seeds when they start sprouting. You are also less likely to lose smaller members of the larger garden in the overall mix.
Protect your tender deciduous shrubs. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. Tie the tops tightly together, and cover the wigwam with a sheet or blanket draped loosely over it. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. Boiling water in a pot is a safe “herbicide.” Pour boiling water over the weeds to kill them, but make sure not to pour the water over any plants you don’t want to kill. The boiling water will damage the roots of the weeds and will usually prevent further growth.
Do you like mint, but not how they ruin your garden? You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. You have the option of planting the container with the plant to keep the roots from taking the garden over.
Irises should be divided. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Rhizomes may need to be divided by using a knife. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
If your gardening plans include pea plantings, try starting them off indoors rather than planting the raw seeds in outdoor beds. Seeds are more likely to sprout when started indoors. They will also be healthier and hardier, allowing them to better resist pests and disease. Transplant them outside when they are fully established and able to thrive.
It is particularly important for new gardeners to read and follow instructions that come with tools, as well as chemicals. Otherwise, you are likely to have skin irritations flare up, which can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. So make sure you take precautions, follow the simple directions and be safe.
Being a success at organic horticulture requires patience, effort and a willingness to learn. This hobby makes use of the land around us to grow something that tastes really good. All it takes is a little studying and practice to become a successful organic gardener.