Just about anyone can become an organic gardener. It’s a fun, relaxing hobby that has a lot of benefits. That said, beginners often find it hard to get comfortable with the rhythms of organic gardening. How should a novice gardener get started? Read the information provided below, of course!
Get a slug-proof variety of perennials. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. Perennials with hairy, tough leaves as well as those with unpleasant taste are not appetizing to snails and slugs. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
When winter arrives, you can save some plants by placing them in your home. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions. Carefully dig around the rootball and replant in an appropriate pot.
Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Place a couple of seeds in a tiny container, and fill it with water nearly to the top. The seeds will get the hydration they need to start growing. This increases the chances of survival for the seeds.
Allow enough room between plants for air to circulate, so that plants do not stay too wet. Plant moisture is a big attraction to both parasites and plant diseases. A commonplace plant parasite is fungi. It is possible to get rid of fungi after it appears with anti-fungal sprays, but it’s better to spray at-risk areas before fungi appear.
Avoid using broad-spectrum pesticides in your garden. These pesticides will also kill any beneficial insects that consume the pests you are trying to get rid of. Beneficial bugs are usually several orders more sensitive to the things you spray than the pests you are trying to kill, so you might wind up dropping the good bug populace and open the door to pest population growth. Your problem will only get worse and you will find yourself using more pesticides.
Some people use horticulture as a source of relaxation. There are a variety of ways to achieve a state of inner peace. Gardening is fun, and it is definitely one of the best ways to achieve this state. It does not have a large start-up cost and yields many returns. Of course the highest return is the peace you will feel from having some time alone in your garden and growing your own plants.
Efficiently water your garden. A soaker hose can save valuable time by watering all of your plants simultaneously, removing the need for hauling a watering can or hose around to each plant. Use low water pressure for your hose so that you do not cause harm to the tender members of your garden. It can water the plants for two hours so that you can do other things.
Make sure to wear sun protection gear if you’ll be working in the garden in the sun. Wear hats and sunglasses, and make use of sunscreen. Protecting yourself from the sun will lower the possibility of sunburn and skin cancer.
If you want a sustainable garden, leave a part of it undisturbed for wildlife to enjoy. The kind of birds and insects needed for pollination will be naturally present on your property and help with your organic garden.
Hopefully, the reasons for organic gardening’s wide appeal are now clear. Horticulture can be an immensely rewarding hobby. Using these tips, you can become an excellent organic gardener.