Organic gardening requires a green thumb and a lot of patience. This is a hobby where the goal is to grow food that is healthy and pesticide free. Easier than it sounds though, correct? Review the tips in this article and you’ll be on your way to creating a wonderful organic garden.
If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. There are those that have to be fixed to a support, but others will find a surface to cling to all on their own through twining stems or tendrils. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.
Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
Your plants will reach maximum growth if they have a sufficient supply of carbon dioxide. Plants tend to grow better when the CO2 levels are higher. Greenhouses provide the best levels of CO2 for plants. Plants grown in a greenhouse tend to be more lush and healthier due to the improved growing environment.
Make sure to be weary of stink bugs whenever you garden, particularly during the fall months. Stink bugs prefer peppers, beans, tomatoes, and various varieties of fruits. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. Proper sunlight is a prerequisite for proper growth. This is true for flowers as well.
If you find that you have soil that has high amounts of alkaline, mix used coffee grounds throughout the soil. Coffee grounds are an affordable means of adding acid to the soil so that it is pH-balanced. This can help your veggies and greens look more vibrant and taste better!
If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. Weed roots will suffer harm from boiling water, and this will probably stop them from growing more.
To garden properly in an organic fashion, requires a lot of patience, a lot of elbow grease and even more know-how. It makes use of empty land to produce something tasty and healthy. By using these tips and giving some effort, you can be a skilled organic gardener.