Organic horticulture can yield many healthy benefits, but figuring out how to prepare it properly can be a challenge. Additionally, there are a variety of seeds with different planting times to consider. Follow these steps to grow your very own organic garden.
Choose higher yield plant varieties. A hybrid designed for your weather, and resistant to local diseases, will give a better yield than non-hybrids.
Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. Fast growing biennials and annuals can enliven a flower bed while letting you change up the look each season and year. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.
Your plants will reach maximum growth if they have a sufficient supply of carbon dioxide. Plants will not thrive if they don’t have an adequate amount of CO2. A great way to reach these CO2 levels is through a greenhouse. Make sure to keep CO2 levels high to provide the best growing environment for your plants.
Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. Another option is to protect your plants by lacing them with offensive entities, such as peels from citrus fruit or even moth balls from your closet.
When mowing your lawn, be careful not to cut the grass too far down. If you leave your grass kind of high, your roots will be deeper and your lawn will be stronger and not dry out. Short grass leads to more shallow roots and will result in more brown, dried-out patches.
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. The safest herbicide that you can probably find is a cup of boiling water. Pour boiling water on any weeds, but be careful not to spill it on plants you want to keep. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.
Heat softens vegetables, so you can damage them immensely by pulling them out of the ground or cutting them off vines when it is too hot outside. Make sure to chop the vegetables off the vine, but be careful not to twist them. Twisting can actually damage the plant.
As you read, an organic garden can be incredibly important to your current and future dietary habits and so is understanding all the different kinds of plants you can grow. Using the above advice is a great starting point for a successful organic garden.
Originally posted 2014-05-23 00:49:50.