A green thumb and a great deal of patience is needed to take on the hobby of organic gardening. It is an enjoyable way to grow your own nutritious foods that are free of pesticides and other harsh chemicals. However, organic gardening obviously isn’t as easy as it might sound. Read the tips below to see what you need to begin growing like a pro.
Use bulbs to ensure continuous flowers throughout the spring and summer. Not only are bulbs hearty and easy to grow, but they’ll continue to grow as time goes on. Bulbs bloom during different seasons, if you pick them carefully you will have flowers almost all year.
Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.
Vegetable plants should be planted where they can benefit from a minimum of six hours of sunlight every day. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly. Some flowers have the same requirement for growth.
Don’t over-water your plants, and keep the soil around them aerated. Many diseases, as well as most parasites, prefer moisture. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. You can control fungi with fungicides, but you must remember to use it before you notice any problems in order for it to work.
Create your own garden from scratch with seeds, rather than plants. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. Seeds eliminate the waste of plastic containers from nurseries which rarely get recycled. There are some nurseries, however, that send their plants out in organic potting materials.
You can help provide nutrients by watering your plants with room temperature water that is leftover after cooking vegetables. Used teabags or grounds from coffee are a great way to add acid to the soil. Herbal chamomile tea is an effective, affordable treatment for fighting fungi.
If you have a problem with your dog disturbing your garden, you can repel him by spraying perfume or other scents on the grass near the edge. This will work to mask any scent that is attracting dogs, and will make the garden a much less interesting place to for dogs to be.
Organic horticulture allows you to work hard and enjoy the fruits of your labor. This hobby makes good use of your land to produce tasty vegetables and fruits. But, if you are ready to dedicate yourself and stick to the advice in this piece, you are sure to be a successful organic gardener.