Tending to an organic garden can be a highly rewarding and calming activity that anyone can participate in. But, if you’re just getting started, the various challenges of horticulture can seem insurmountable. How then should someone who does not have any experience start getting involved with organic gardening? Well, read the following tips.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles, such as a shovel or rake, are absolutely perfect for this job, and make your workload a little bit smaller. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. When you are horticulture next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.
Use biennials and annuals to add color to your flower beds. These usually grow quickly, and provide an easy-to-change solution to making your flower beds bright and beautiful. They allow you to select different flowers from one year or season to the next. If there are gaps between the perennials and shrubs you have planted in a sunlit area, try filling those gaps with annuals and biennials. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.
It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. Choose the plants that are most likely to survive. Carefully loosen the dirt around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot filled with the same soil.
For the right results, get the right type of soil. Your soil may not be correct, but it depends on what sorts of plants you want to grow. You may also cultivate an artificial area comprised of just one type of soil.
Ensuring your plants are both dry and aerated is a great way to keep them healthy. Moisture on plants is sure to attract disease and parasites. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom is fungi. To control fungi, use a fungicide spray on the area before you notice any problems.
If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. Rein in their growth by planting the mint in a large pot or garden container instead. You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. Another way to get rid of pests is to spread wood ash at ground level around shrubs and tree plantings. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
When planting anything, think about planting for color so that you have something to enjoy in the fall. That doesn’t have to be it though. When it comes to vibrant color, the bright foliage of fall beats all the other seasons. Maple trees are an autumn rainbow of crimsons to yellows, and so are beech and dogwood trees. When thinking about shrubs, consider barberry, hydrangea and cotoneaster.
You should now realize how much fun and how enjoyable gardening can be. You will eat better and have a fun and relaxing hobby that lets you enjoy the great outdoors. Use what you have learned, and your garden will blossom.