Fruits and vegetables that are grown organically are not only healthy and delicious, but also far surpasses any produce you will find in any supermarket. So instead of purchasing organic produce, why not try growing your own? Read this article and learn how you can grow your very own organic garden.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some require ties attaching them to supports, but others will attach themselves to any surface nearby. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. First tie together the tops; then take a sheet or blanket and loosely shroud the wigwam. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
When you water your garden, do it with care. A soaker hose can save valuable time by watering all of your plants simultaneously, removing the need for hauling a watering can or hose around to each plant. To protect your plants, keep the flow on the soaker down. Keep the water turned on for about two hours; while your plants are being watered, you will have time for other activities.
Heather can bring helpful critters into your garden. Heather attracts bees, and when they come out in the spring, this provides an early nectar source. Plant a heather bed, it will house many bugs that are good for a garden such as spiders and ground beetles. Protect yourself from being surprised by these bugs by donning horticulture gloves before disturbing your heather beds.
When planting seeds, make sure to take your time. Make sure the soil is wet before you begin. Next, you should spread the seeds evenly so they can grow with room. Seeds need to be buried as deep as three times the seed size. Not all seeds are meant to be buried in soil, there are certain types of seeds that only grow in the light.
For some plants, pine needles makes an ideal mulch. Certain plants are acidic, and thrive in acidic soil. If you have acid loving plants, use pine needles as a mulch. Cover up your beds with a few inches of needles. As they start to decompose, they’ll spread out acid onto the ground and soil.
When you’re making a compost pile, you should use fresh and dried plants to get it started. Examples of good green material to use for compost include grass clippings, flowers, leaves, and weeds. Paper and straw are dry plant materials. Charcoal, meat, ashes or other diseased plants should not be included in a compost pile.
A rule of thumb for when you are planting seeds in containers is to make the hole depth around three times larger than the seed itself. However, you should be aware that certain seeds should not be covered at all because they are required to be in the sunlight. Ageratum and petunias are two examples of seeds that should not be planted deeply. If you aren’t sure, look online or at the package.
A useful technique for organic horticulture, is to gently disturb your seedlings by using your fingers or a piece of cardboard one or two times daily. Even though it sounds strange, it will help plants get bigger.
Make sure you plant your garden in different areas every year. Planting the same area with the same plants year after year will lead to disease and fungus. The soil might contain fungus or diseases specific to one type of plant. So, you want to make sure you mix it up and keep your garden on the move so that you avoid a problem like this.
Don’t settle for inferior produce. Utilize the advice you’ve read in this article and start growing fruits and vegetables of your own.
Originally posted 2013-12-18 09:49:16.