You are finally ready to try organic horticulture. This is great timing! This article contains helpful adivce to get you started in your organic horticulture endeavors.
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
Start your plant in pots before you plant them in your garden. Your plants will have a better chance of getting big and healthy! It also permits you to tighten the time between plantings. Once the fully matured plants are removed, the seedlings can be planted.
Use annuals and biennials to enliven your flower beds. By utilizing quick-growing biennials and annuals, not only will you be brightening up your flower bed, you can also alter its look each season and each year. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
If mildew is forming on your plants, you should not purchase an expensive chemical. Rather, you should mix a bit of baking soda with a small quantity of liquid soap in water. Spray this on your plants once a week until the mildew disappears. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. Maybe you could pick out the most expensive plants or the most hardy ones. Remember to be gentle when digging up your plants; carefully dig away from the roots and gently place the plant into a container.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. If you leave a bit more height, the grass roots will get deeper, making your lawn stronger. If you keep your lawn too short, the roots will not go deep enough to survive in case of a heat wave.
Using boiling water to kill weeds is both efficient and organic. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? Keep your mint growth under control by planting them in pots and/or garden containers. You can even plant the container in the ground. That way, the roots won’t be able to escape the container, and the plant won’t overrun your garden.
In order to rid your garden of pests, take advantage of plant materials and other organic matter. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. You can avoid using pesticides that contain harsh chemicals if you employ these techniques.
Take the time to spread around five centimeters of organic mulch near your vegetable plants. Mulch will retain water so that you won’t have to water your plants as often. It can also prevent weeds from growing. You’ll find this is a time saver since you won’t have to pull them later.
You should now have the basic knowledge you need to start an organic garden. You should be well on your way to be an expert in organic gardening. Hopefully, the advice you have learned will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to produce a beautiful and beneficial organic garden.