If you know what you are doing, organic horticulture is a great hobby. Read this article to find out more about this activity.
Shoveling clay soil is tiresome since clay is hard, and it can also stick to your shovel for twice the difficulty. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
Select plant varieties capable of producing large yields. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Tools that can be used for more than one task are quite handy to own. On the floor, simply lay out the handles, then take a tape measure and run it next to them. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
Healthy soil will also assist in your battle against pests. If your plants are healthy, they can more easily resist insects and disease. Use a high-quality organic soil and as few chemicals as possible.
Use climbers if you want to cover any fences or walls. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
For proper optimum growth, plants require sufficient amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). Plants tend to grow better when the CO2 levels are higher. The best way to get a high level is to plant them in a greenhouse. When it is exposed to high carbon dioxide levels, a plant has the best growing condition possible.
You must protect tender, deciduous shrubs. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. Join them together at the top, and use a blanket or old sheet to cover them. Covering your foliage in plastic will let the air in – and may lead to decay.
Choose a plant to use for a focal point. A focal point in the garden will capture your attention. Usually, the focal point will be a plant that is unique from the plants around it.
Spend your time working efficiently in your organic garden. You do not have the time to spend an hour looking for each tool you need. Prepare them all ahead of time and have them handy before you need to garden, and then put them back in their place when done. A good way to keep your tools at hand is to buy a tool belt or utility pants with many large pockets.
As you’ve read, there is more to doing organic horticulture than many think. It takes effort and a willingness to learn. It is rewarding for those with patience, supplying healthy food and an attractive addition to the home. The ideas presented above should help you hone your skills and reap a great harvest from your organic garden.