An organic garden is an interest you have. The time to do it is now. Included in this article is advice that can assist you in your horticulture endeavors.
Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. This will also allow you to stick to a tighter, cleaner planting schedule. Your next crop of seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your last crop from the garden.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. Known commonly as climbers, these plants are very versatile, easy to grow, and they will quickly spread out to cover up walls and fences within a single season. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. If you’re looking for the most reliable varieties available, choose from clematis, wisteria, and climbing roses.
If beautiful flowers throughout the warmer months are important to you, make sure you put bulbs into the ground. Bulbs will grow every year and are easier to take care of than seeds. Find out which flowers will bloom when and then plant a variety, so that you can have fresh blooms all the way through the spring and summer!
Make sure that your deciduous shrubs are protected. If you have tender shrubs in pots, they need to be protected in the cold weather. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. This method is much better than wrapping the plant in plastic, as it allows air to circulate, which can prevent rotting.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. For example, slugs can be deterred by the presence of marigolds or onions. Keep insects away from shrub and tree seedlings with mulch containing wood ash. These are methods you can use to get rid of the need to use pesticides.
Think about planting evergreen plants that will produce berries in the backyard. These evergreens will color your lawn, even when other flowers are not blooming. Other winter plants include the American Holly, Winterberry, The American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.
Use a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool when you’re working in your garden. Working on the ground for long periods of time can be painful on the knees, so a small garden stool can really allow you to work in comfort. Using a wheelbarrow or wagon to transport heavy loads of dirt will help protect you from back injuries so make sure that you have one.
Use only pesticides designed to kill the specific type of pest in your garden, and avoid the broad-spectrum kind. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Beneficial insects are more susceptible to strong pesticides than the insects you are actually trying to get rid of. This will lead you to end up killing off the good bugs in your garden, leaving the field wide open for the harmful ones. Your problem will only get worse and you will find yourself using more pesticides.
You should now feel enthusiastically prepared to enter the relaxing and productive world of organic gardening. No matter how comfortable you felt about the subject, you should be more so now. The tips above should have given you some advice and a few ideas, so that you can begin an organic horticulture adventure in your own backyard.