A lot of people become interested in organic horticulture due to worry about long-term, poisonous effects of pesticides and commercial fertilizers on the environment and their personal health. Also, most methods of organic horticulture are fairly inexpensive. Below are some great tips to assist you grow to be the organic gardener that you hope to be.
Put sod down the right way. Get your soil ready before you lay your sod. Remove the weeds, then break up the soil into fine tilth. Compress the soil lightly yet firmly, and make certain it’s flat. Thoroughly water the soil. Lay the sod in rows, and make sure the joints do not overlap. Even out the surface of the sod by firming it down flat, filling any available gaps with a handful of dirt. Sod must be watered every day for about two weeks, and then it will have rooted and be completely ready to be walked on.
Be sure to do some weeding on a regular basis. Weeds will cause your garden to become overgrown and cluttered. To help with the removal, you can use white vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar is harmful to most plants. A spray solution is much easier to apply than to rid your garden of weeds by hand.
Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. Place a couple of seeds in a tiny container, and fill it with water nearly to the top. The idea here is for your seeds to become fully hydrated by the time they hit the dirt. The seeds will most likely survive and mature this way.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. You can also put something on top of the soil around the plants that has an offensive smell to cats, such as mothballs or citrus peel.
Think about planting evergreen plants that will produce berries in the backyard. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. Other plants that boast of winter berries include: Holly, Snowberry and Winterberry.
Look for targeted pesticides instead of using popular but damaging broad-spectrum products. These pesticides will kill every type of pest in your garden, including beneficial bugs that eat garden pests. Beneficial bugs are more sensitive to these pesticides than the bugs that are detrimental to plants, so if the good bugs are eliminated, the bad pest population may grow. This may then lead to using even more pesticides to eliminate this new problem.
Identify a plant that will be the most prominent object of the landscape. A focal point in the garden will capture your attention. It can be anything, but oftentimes a plant that stands out from its neighbors will do the trick.
If you want to get children in on the fun, plant a few strawberries, everbearing if possible. Children will be more willing to help you if they can pluck their own fruit from the garden.
It is important to protect your knees when you are horticulture. Bending for extended time periods causes pain for many people. Kneeling can relieve pain in your back, but can instead be painful to your knees. Use a pad to kneel upon and protect your knees from possible pain.
If you’re growing plants indoors, keep your thermostat around 65 or 75 degrees daily. Indoor plants grow best at these warm temperatures. If your home isn’t that warm during in winter, try a heat lamp to use on your organic plants instead.
Once you start to actually apply what you learned from this article you can start growing a prosperous and healthy organic garden in your own back yard for the future. Keep in mind that you can expect to see increase in wildlife when your garden begins to grow and work with nature.
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