Many people select organic horticulture to avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers on their garden for fear of long-term damage to their health and the environment. A lot of techniques for organic gardening actually don’t cost a lot of money. Keep reading for some useful tips on organic horticulture.
Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. These flowers grow quickly and can be planted at any time during the year. If you want to maintain a flower garden all year or you want to add new flowers to reflect the changing seasons, annuals and biennials are for you. They are very helpful when trying to fill in gaps between shrubs and perennials in an area that is sunny. Some flowers you can use are rudbekia, petunias, cosmos, marigolds, or sunflowers.
Pick the correct soil to get the best results. Depending on what kind of plants you want in your garden, the soil might or might not be adapted. You can also make an artificial area using only one type of soil.
Be sure to weed your garden. Those nasty weeds can turn your beautiful garden into a scruffy version of its former self. To aid in this venture, you might want to use white vinegar. The acid in white vinegar kills weeds. You may also be using plants that need that very same acid. By placing a white vinegar solution in a spray bottle, you can spray the weeds away instead of having to pull them out manually.
In a place that’s dark, pre-soak the seeds. Place a small amount of seeds in a little container, while filling it to the brim with water. This will hydrate your seeds and it will cause them to grow faster. This will also give your seeds a much better chance to survive and mature.
Try growing some cat grass or wheat grass in the vicinity of the plants that your cat likes to eat. You can put something over the soil which surrounds the plants which has a bad smell to cats to deter them.
Don’t cut your grass down by the soil when you run the mower. If you leave a bit more height, the grass roots will get deeper, making your lawn stronger. If the grass is too short that will lead to shallow roots, which will cause a brown and dried-out lawn.
Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. Moisture can be a magnet for disease and parasites on your plants. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom 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.
Interested in using Mother Nature to keep pests at bay the natural way? A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. You will also see more animals in your garden, because organic gardens are more attuned to nature.