Successful organic horticulture requires the use of some particular methods and techniques. You just need to learn what you can do, and then do it.
Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. These types of flowers grow at high speed, which gives you more flexibility in changing the look of your flower beds as the seasons change. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. You should get varieties such as cosmos, petunia, rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflowers or marigold.
Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. Another option is to protect your plants by lacing them with offensive entities, such as peels from citrus fruit or even moth balls from your closet.
Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs from harsh elements. Delicate shrubs that are sitting in pots should be sheltered from the cold weather. You want to then tie the tops of the canes together, and cover them with a sheet or blanket. Doing this is a lot more effective than wrapping up the plant with plastic because it lets air circulate, which could avoid any rotting.
Do you enjoy fresh mint, but don’t like how they engulf your garden in their growth? You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. The container can be planted in the ground, and it will still prevent the plant from dominating the garden.
Create your own garden from scratch with seeds, rather than plants. When you begin a garden, it’s most eco friendly to do so with seed. Many nurseries use plastic growing pots that are very seldom recycled. Try buying from organic nurseries and farms so your garden is not using anti-environmental products.
To ensure a healthy garden, make sure you surround your plants with a few inches of good organic mulch. Mulch will keep soil moist for longer. Mulch will help a lot in preventing weeds from growing. You will be able to save the time you would spend watering your plants and pulling out weeds.
Keep your pet out of the garden with old perfume or aftershave in the grass. This covers up the smells that bring dogs to gardens in the first place, which means dogs are less likely to enter the garden.
A mixture of aspirin and water can protect your plants from common diseases. Dissolve one and one-half aspirins into two gallons of cold water, and use it to fortify your plants. Spray the plants with the aspirin solution to help your plants fight disease. The spray ought to be applied approximately every three weeks.
Do not rush planting seeds in your garden. Make sure the soil is wet before you begin. Then distribute the seeds so that they are evenly spaced and have sufficient room to grow. Seeds need to be buried as deep as three times the seed size. Some seeds should not be buried at all as they need light to grow.
Coat your flower beds with a few inches of an organic mulch. Mulching helps to hold moisture in the soil, enhance the soil quality, and slow down the growth of weeds. This also gives your flower beds a more aesthetic aspect.
Create a raised bed for your garden out of stone, bricks or untreated wood. Choose wood that is naturally resistant to rot and is untreated. Some good choices you might consider are locust, cedar, and cypress. Consider the chemicals that will leach out of the wood before choosing anything that has been treated. Remember the affect that such chemicals will have on your plants and soil. You may have previously used treated lumber; if so, you should use a plastic liner to cover it.
Anybody can grow a garden, but those who bother to understand what they’re doing will be the only ones to reap rich rewards from their crop. Use the organic tips in this article.