Organic gardening can be a majorly relaxing hobby, or a major headache. Read this article to find out more about this activity.
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Try placing them outside in sunlight for about an hour or maybe two the first day. As time goes by, slowly increase the time they spent outdoors. By weeks end, you should have plants that are ready for a permanent home outside with no problem!
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.
Use climbers if you want to cover any fences or walls. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some need to be tied to a support, whereas certain climbers attach themselves to a surface with tendrils or twining stems. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.
During winter, you should take your favorite plants inside. You may want to save the most beautiful or expensive ones. Carefully loosen the dirt around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot filled with the same soil.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. A hollowed out pumpkin can become a festive container for kale and lettuce. Once you cut an opening at the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides, spray the inside and edges with Wilt-Pruf to keep the pumpkin from rotting. You can start planting now.
In order to start the best garden possible, remember that you should always start with the seeds and not pre-purchased plants. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds. 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.
You need to be smart when it comes to watering your garden. You can water efficiently by using a soaker hose which will eliminate the necessity of watering each plant one by one with a nozzle, or having to use a water can that you have to refill over and over. Avoid damage to new plantings by keeping the water on low to move the water slowly through the soaker. Set the soaker hose to water your all your plants over a couple hours, and then you will be free to get other things done.
When gardening, remember to take care of your knees! Many people find it difficult to bend over for extended periods of time when standing up. Kneeling is much better for your back, and it will help you to tend to your plants with greater ease. You can use knee pads to kneel without the pain.
If you plan to raise organic plants inside, you need to think about how much light they will get. If you live somewhere without strong natural sunlight, you might want to look into growing plants that thrive in lower-light environments. If this is not an option, or you have your heart set on a particular type of plant, consider adding additional growing lights instead.
As you have seen from the above article, there is quite a bit more to successful organic horticulture than a lot of people realize. It involves lots of work as well as patience, but it’s so worth it when you see your beautiful organic garden. The next time you are working in your garden, use the advice from this article to grow things without the use of harsh chemicals.
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