Many individuals prefer organic gardening, as they fear the possible long-term effects on their health as well as the environment from the many commercial pesticides and fertilizers that are used. There is also the fact that maintaining an organic garden is inexpensive. Here are some suggestions on helping you to become a organic horticulture professional.
Your plants will respond better to gradual changes of environment. Place them outdoors in the sun for about an hour or two on the first day. Over one week, gradually build up the amount of hours you leave the plants outside. The plants should be prepared to move outside permanently at the end of this week.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They can cover an arbor, or grow through trees and shrubs. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.
Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
Knee pads are a gardener’s friend when caring for plants low to the ground. The amount of time that you spend horticulture on your knees can make your knees hurt by the time you are done. Cushion your knees with a pair of gardening knee pads.
Make sure air can circulate around your plants, and keep leaves moisture-free. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom is fungi. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Create your own garden from scratch with seeds, rather than plants. When you grow a new garden, start the environmental way, from seeds. It is common for commercial plants to be packaged in plastic that is not commonly recycled, and therefore, it is better to use seeds or purchase plantings only from merchants who make use of organic packaging.
Try to pour a bit of leftover water from your steamed veggies on them. For gardenias and rhododendrons, try putting your used coffee grounds or tea bags in the soil so they may acquire the acid they need for proper growth. If you find that you have a fungus problem, try sprinkling some chamomile tea on your plants.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.
Originally posted 2013-08-24 11:46:52.