As the trend of organic horticulture becomes more popular, so do holistic lifestyles. Anyone living this kind of life usually has to organically grow their own herbs and plants to maintain their way of living. This article provides several useful tips on organic horticulture that can help.
Your plants need to adapt and must be gradually introduced to changes in temperature or condition. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. After one week, the plants should be fully acclimated and ready to move outside.
Try to grow some wheat or cat grass around your cat’s favorite plants. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
When mowing your lawn do not cut it as short as possible. If you let your grass keep some height after mowing, it will be able to absorb more sun and moisture resulting in a lusher, greener lawn. If you keep your lawn too short, the roots will not go deep enough to survive in case of a heat wave.
Deciduous shrubs and young trees need to be protected. Any potted shrubs should be sheltered in the winter from cold weather. Tie the canes together, and drape a sheet or blanket over the top of the wigwam. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.
A set of comfortable knee pads makes a great investment if your garden is full of plant material that stays low to the ground. Weeding, watering and picking through your vegetation can cause a lot of damage to your knees if left unprotected. A set of quality knee pads designed for gardening can be a world of relief for your central leg joints.
Separate irises. Increase your iris population when you divide up overgrown clumps. When foliage is dead, lift bulbous irises. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. Use a knife to carefully divide rhizomes. Cut new outside pieces and dispose of the center. Each new piece you cut should possess at least one healthy offshoot. The quicker you can replant your cuttings, the better chances they will reappear next season.
The more organic gardening tips you are able to pick up, the easier horticulture will eventually become for you. These listed tips are just the beginning of an exciting and organic journey.