Organic horticulture and holistic lifestyles go hand in hand. When you choose this form of lifestyle, then you opt for growing herbs and other things solely for beneficial reasons and you always aim for organic growing techniques. If you are interested in growing plants, flowers and vegetables without the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers, keep reading.
Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. Annuals and biennials that grow quickly can really wake up your flower beds, and they allow you to have a new garden look every season or every year, if you choose to. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. A number of climbers need to be attached to a support, but others just take care of their own attachments via tendrils and stems that twine. Climbing roses, honeysuckle, wisteria, clematis, and jasmine are some great plants to try out.
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. This will work better than wrapping your plant with plastic, because air can still circulate, which will help to prevent rotting.
A set of knee pads are a life saver if you’re an avid gardener and a lot of your plants sit close to the ground. Kneeling on the ground as you garden will eventually cause serious discomfort for your knees. Using a pair of quality knee pads designed for gardening can provide your knees with cushioning and support, preventing any discomfort.
A good but unusual organic solution for weeding your plants is try “boiling” your weeds way. Any vessel of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. Although this method is organic, it does pose a danger to your plants. The boiling water will damage the roots of the weeds and will usually prevent further growth.
Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. You can control the growth of the mint leaves by growing them in a large container rather than in your garden. Bury the container so that your plant does not stand out. The container will keep the roots from spreading too far.
Be sure your garden is fertilized. Manure is very effective in helping plants grow, although it is important to use a commercially composted product to minimize the risk of pathogens. Choosing a specific type of fertilizer is not particularly critical; as long as you’re using fertilizer, you’re improving your soil.
It is important to follow the instructions on your chemicals and tools closely, especially if you are new to horticulture. Irritation of the skin or even more serious injuries are possible if you ignore manufacturer’s directions. Keep yourself safe and always follow instructions.
Try planting berry-bearing evergreens in your yard. These will help give your garden a burst of color, even in the winter months when most other vegetation has lost their colors. Some plants that will provide color in the winter include the American Cranberrybush, the American Holly, the Common Snowberry, and the Winterberry.
The more you know about organic gardening, the easier your horticulture will be. The tips you have read here are just the beginning.