The processes involved in successfully horticulture can be complicated. There are so many things to consider, such as proper pH balance, natural but effective pesticides, adequate sunlight and water supplies and so on. If you are a beginner, take things slowly. Read on to find some tips to make horticulture in a clean, organic fashion a little easier and more fun to do!
Plants that result in a larger yield should be higher on your priority list when planning the garden. If yield is important, choose hybrids designed to resist cold and diseases rather than traditional varieties.
Plant vines like ivy to cover fences and dividing walls. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They may also grow through tress and shrubs that are already grown, or you can train them to cover your arbor. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. Reliable varieties include clematis, honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine and climbing roses.
Yes, you really have to weed. Weeds can be extremely detrimental to your garden. White vinegar is one option you can use in your routine weed removal. Yes, white vinegar actually kills weeds! Apply it full strength to any areas where weeds are a problem.
Plan your garden before you plant it. Doing so means you can remember where each particular plant is when you start seeing sprouts arise from the earth. This is also a great way to keep track of all your plants.
To help young plants, try pouring boiling water on top of nearby weeds. Boiling water is an excellent, organic substance for use against weeds. Pour boiling water on any weeds, but be careful not to spill it on plants you want to keep. Boiling water is not good for the weed roots and will stunt further growth.
The sun can cause irreparable skin damage; therefore, it is essential to dress accordingly when gardening. Always apply sunscreen with an adequate SPF level. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Finally, throw on a wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp. Protecting yourself from the sun is the best way to prevent sunburns and skin cancer.
In the hottest time of the day, most vegetables are less firm; even the act of harvesting the veggies may cause bruising. Cut them with a tool rather than pulling or twisting, otherwise you could damage the plant itself.
If you are a fan of organic, sustainable gardening methods, consider leaving part of your backyard untouched so that natural plants and wildlife can flourish in the area. As the natural wildlife begins to flourish, the various insects, birds, and other natural life around will all blend together and actually assist your garden as it begins to grow.
Believe it or not, pine makes great mulch. Some plants are highly acidic, and like soil that is acidic too. If you have these plants in your garden, keep them healthy by using pine needles as mulch. Cover soil beds with a few inches of pine needles, and they will disperse acidity to the soil below as they decompose.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.