The trend toward organic foods has gradually escalated to become more of a movement; a permanent shift in the way we think about the foods that we put into our bodies. It makes sense that people who make the choice to live this way can benefit from organic gardening. If you are interested in growing plants, flowers and vegetables without the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers, keep reading.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
Garden vegetables should be planted in areas of the ground that receive a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. Most vegetables need this amount of sunlight to grow the right way at a faster pace. This is true of some flowers.
Start a new garden from seeds. Not only is this more of an effective method for horticulture, but it’s also more environmentally-friendly. Most nurseries use a lot of plastic that is not recycled. If you want to buy plants, find a nurseries that uses organic methods or grow your plants from seeds.
A good fertilizer is important to add nutrients to your soil. One type of fertilizer that really helps plants grow is manure, but be sure to utilize a type that is commercially composted to reduce the chances of pathogens. There are a number of options for fertilizer, but the truth is that what you use is unimportant; you just have to remember to use something.
If you are going to grow peas, start them inside rather then planting them outdoors. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. The seedling may also be hardier, which means that they can better resist disease and attacks from pests. You will be able to transfer the seedlings outdoors after they become better established.
Water your garden regularly and smartly. Use a soaker hose to save time so that you do not have to water each plant individually with a hose nozzle, or a watering can that needs to be refilled repeatedly. Use low water pressure with your soaker hose so that the force of the water does not harm sprouts and seedlings. Letting the soaker hose do the work frees you up to turn your attention elsewhere.
To make an interesting English garden, mix various plants and plant heights in the same bed. Plants that are all at the same height makes a garden bed look flat and uninteresting.
Using a solution of aspirin and water can prevent certain plant diseases. Dissolve one and one-half aspirins into two gallons of cold water, and use it to fortify your plants. All you have to do is spray the plants with this solution and you should see good results. Try to apply the mixture to the plants at least once in each three week period.
The more you know about the ins and outs of organic horticulture, the more effective you’ll be. Keep in mind that the tips offered here are only a few of the great things that you can learn.