Organic gardening has become more popular with increased concern about the effects of fertilizers and chemicals on the environment, as well as overall health. A lot of organic gardening strategies are cheap. This article provides several useful tips that will help you improve your organic horticulture techniques.
Start your plants in containers before transferring them to the garden. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. You can plant the seedlings once you have removed the old plants.
Be sure to get rid of the weeds growing in your garden. Weeds can kill a precious garden. A clever way to accomplish this is with the help of some white vinegar. White vinegar kills weeds. 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.
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.
A good but unusual organic solution for weeding your plants is try “boiling” your weeds way. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. Although this method is organic, it does pose a danger to your plants. Boiling water can hurt the roots of weeds and can prevent them from growing.
Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. This particular type of pesticide will also kill the useful insects that consume the pests. The bugs you need are often more fragile than the ones you don’t: a pesticide could actually kill the beneficial insects while leaving the pests unaffected. This might result in you having to use even more pesticides to get rid of the pests.
Choose a plant to use for a focal point. Your focal point will be the main center of attention for anyone who sees your garden. You want to choose a plant that will stand out, as opposed to blending in with the other plants adjacent to it.
Let your children be involved in your organic horticulture efforts. You can provide a good learning experience that your children can appreciate the more they learn on how to grow healthy produce.
When growing indoor plants, the thermostat should be set between 65-75 degrees throughout the day. Plants need to be in an environment that is neither too warm nor too cool for them to grow. If you wish to keep your house cooler than that, you may want to use a heat lamp just for the plants.
Have all of your tools available to you as you garden to increase efficiency. Put them into a basket you carry with you, or use an apron with many pockets and hanging loops. You should always have your gloves, pruning shears and a trowel close to you.
Spacing is essential when planting an organic garden. It’s common to not think about how much space a plant will need once it’s full grown, and you don’t want to crowd your garden. Failure to provide adequate room will restrict growth because it forces plants to compete for valuable nutrients and oxygen. Because of this, you should always take the time to ensure that there’s enough distance between all your seeds.
If you follow these advice on organic horticulture, you will be able to have a productive, toxic-free, healthy garden in the future. You might actually notice more wildlife in and around your garden due to your natural horticulture methods.
Originally posted 2013-11-23 21:54:46.